MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. -- Cody Miller
and Brent Cork
each scored 16 points to lead the Union men's basketball team to a 75-68 victory at Milligan on Saturday afternoon in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.
With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 12-14 overall on the year, 6-6 in the AAC and stopped a three-game losing streak. Milligan fell to 14-11 on the year and 10-2 in the AAC with the loss.
In the first half, the lead went back and forth throughout most of the period, but in the last five minutes of action Union dominated the pace of play, outscoring the Buffaloes 15-7 down the stretch to take a 31-23 lead at the intermission. Union was led in the half by Cork, who had 10 points, as the Bulldogs played suffocating defense in the half in holding Milligan to 32.14 percent shooting from the floor (9-of-28) and 18.75 percent from three point range (3-of-16).
In the second half, Union continued to ride the momentum, opening up a 44-30 lead at the 15-minute mark, then extended the lead out to 51-34 with 12 minutes left. The Bulldogs continued to keep a double-digit lead for most of the half, as Milligan did not get the deficit into the single digits until 3:41 left when they cut the Union lead to nine at 64-55.
It was here that the Buffaloes made a frantic comeback bid, cutting the once huge Bulldog lead to just one point (67-66) with two minutes left. However, Cork drained a huge three-pointer off a Ryan Young
pass with one minute left that put the Bulldogs in the lead for good at 70-66. Union then salted the game away at the free throw line to earn the victory.
Overall, Miller and Cork got to their 16 point total on some solid shooting, with Miller going 7-of-10 from the floor and Cork going 7-of-9 from the field (2-of-2 from three point range). Cork also notched a double-double after pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Other top scorers for the Bulldogs included Young, who scored 14 points and dished out four assists, along with Ian Davis
and Turrell Morris
, who each added 10 points. Davis also recorded a double-double pulling down 10 boards, while Morris was close to one after snatching eight rebounds.
For Milligan, Cordero Seymour had a game-high 17 points to lead the way in the losing effort. Union stayed strong on the defensive end throughout, as Milligan ended the night shooting 35.29 percent from the floor and 20.59 percent from the outside the arc (7-of-34).
Union returns to the court on Wednesday when they host Tennessee Wesleyan in the teams home season finale at Robsion Arena. The AAC battle gets underway at 7:30 p.m.