BARBOURVILLE, Ky. --
Tennessee Temple's John Reik recorded a double-double to lead the visiting Crusaders to an 86-64 victory over Union College in NAIA men's basketball action on Saturday at Robsion Arena. The game was the finale of the 2011 UC Bulldog Classic.
With the loss, Union fell to 1-5 on the season, while Tennessee Temple improved to 3-3 with the victory.
"We made a run in the second half, but when Tennessee Temple had a run of their own, we couldn't respond," said head coach Sean Gillespie
. "We couldn't get back up after we got hit the mouth, and that's been a theme for us so far. I was pleased with how some of our guys played late in the, but we'll have to get better at practice this week and try to improve."
In the first half, Tennessee Temple came out and took it to Union in the first six minutes of play, setting the tone by taking a 13-4 lead at the 14 minute mark. The Crusaders continued to control things, eventually extending out their lead to 21-8 with 10 minutes left in the period.
The closest Union got to this lead the rest of the period was eight points, as the Crusaders road the momentum into the locker room at halftime with a 38-26 lead.
In the second period, TTU continued to control the pace, getting their lead out to 51-35 with 13:41 left. The closest Union got to the lead in the second half was with with 9:56 left after an Ian Davis
(Cherry Hill, N.J.) lay-in made it 58-50.
It was here that the Crusaders surged on a scoring run that effectively put away Union (12-2) giving them an insurmountable 70-52 lead. The rest of the way, Tennessee Temple iced the game, as they coasted to an impressive 22-point victory on the road.
Overall, Union was led in the loss by James Strange
(Pineville, Ky.) who had 10 points. The Bulldogs' second leading scorer was Brent Cork
(Saginaw, Mich.), who finished with eight points, and snatched four rebounds. TTU was led by Delk, who had 13 points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds. He also blocked three shots on the afternoon.
In the day's first game, Asbury hung on to defeat Reinhardt, 70-63. Asbury was led in the victory by Austin Flannery, who had a game-high 24 points.
Union returns to action Thursday when they travel to Lincoln Memorial for an exhibition contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.