BARBOURVILLE, Ky. --
Union College's Carlos Sanford
came off the bench and poured in a team-high 27 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 93-79 upset win over Bluefield (Va.) in Appalachian Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night at Robsion Arena.
With the win, UC improved to 5-18 overall, 2-7 in the AAC, while Bluefield fell to 14-10, 7-2 in the AAC with the loss.
In the first half, Bluefield came out and looked like the best team in the AAC, racing out to an early 14-8 lead with 13 minutes and change left in the period. The Bulldogs, however, went on a 10-0 run over the next couple of minutes to take an 18-14 lead with 11 minutes left.
Once Union got the lead, they never let Bluefield get it back the rest of the period, as the Bulldogs extended the lead out to 10 points (39-29) with three minutes left after an Ian Davis
(Cherry Hill, N.J.) lay-in. Bluefield, however, did not go into the half quietly, as an Andrew Wilson three-pointer at the buzzer cut the UC lead down to 41-38 at intermission.
To start the second half, Bluefield picked up where they left off, tying the game on two separate occasions in the first couple of minutes. But, once again, the Bulldogs took the lead back and never relinquished it, taking a 53-47 lead with 13 minutes left after a Josh Hurd
(Independence, Ky.) lay-in.
From there, the Bulldogs rolled the rest of the way, eventually extending the lead out to 14 points (73-59) with seven minutes left after a Ryan Young
(Waynesburg, Ky.) three-pointer. The deficit proved too much for Bluefield to come back from, as the Bulldogs coasted down the stretch to notch an impressive 14-point victory on their own floor.
Overall, Sanford (Durham, N.C.) led six double-digit scorers with his 27 point performance, (Union played eight players total in the contest), which was a season-high for the senior. He also drained five threes in the win, which was also a season-high.
Other top scorers on the night for UC included Davis and James Strange
(Pineville, Ky.), who each had 15 points, apiece, while Young and Hurd each had 12 points, each. Hurd also recorded a double-double in the victory after pulling down 10 rebounds. Stefan Juzbasic
(Belgade, Serbia) rounded out the Union double-digit scorers, chipping in with 10 points.
In all, Union won the game due to some hot shooting from the field the entire night, as the Bulldogs ended the game shooting 60.7 percent from the floor in the victory (they shot 69 percent alone in the second half).
For Bluefield, Borgia M'bala led the way, scoring a game-high 34 points in a losing effort.
Union returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Tennessee Wesleyan for an AAC matchup. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.