GRAYSON, Ky. - Union College forward Deante Johnson scored a game-high 23 points, as the Bulldogs blew past Kentucky Christian, 104-71, on Thursday night in NAIA men's basketball action. The game was apart of the 2013 KCU Super 8 Classic.
With the victory, Union moved to 4-1 overall on the year, while Kentucky Christian fell to 0-5 with the defeat.
In the first 20 seconds of the contest, Union's Fitzgerald White knocked down the game's first basket, a three-pointer that gave Union the very early 3-0 lead. However, once the Bulldogs grabbed the lead in the contest, they didn't give it up, as they led the entire game.
At the 14-minute mark, the Bulldogs opened a 21-7 lead after Tarik Smith drained a three. For the remainder first half, Union led by double digits, as they went into the locker room for intermission up 47-37 over the host Knights.
In the second half, Union continued to hold a big lead, and put KCU away with a 13-0 run halfway through the period that put the Bulldogs up 75-52 with 10:27 left in regulation. The Bulldogs proceeded to coast down the stretch, as they went over the century mark for the second time in their first five games of the 2013-14 season in the 33-point road victory.
Overall, Johnson was dominant in the contest, shooting 10-of-11 from the floor in his 23-point night. The junior also snatched a team-high eight rebounds in the victory, as well.
Johnson led five Union double-digit scorers on the evening. White was just behind Johnson in the scoring department with 19 points, while Stewart Washington chipped in with 14 points. Smith ended the night with 12 points and Gerard Newby rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.
KCU was led in the loss by Dylan Genung and Tyler Farley, who scored 20 points, apiece.
By the Numbers
- The Bulldogs have not trailed during regulation in three straight games. The Bulldogs were tied with Milligan on Tuesday evening twice, but proceeded to take the lead back each time.
- Union did their damage on the night inside the paint, as the Bulldogs scored 66 points there on the evening.
- The Bulldogs were helped by some hot shooting all night long, as they ended the night stroking 58.1 percent from the floor (43-of-74).
- This marked the sixth time in the last two seasons under head coach Kevin Burton that the Bulldogs have scored 100 or more points in a contest (Union is 5-1 in those games).
Union concludes play at the KCU Super 8 Classic tomorrow, as the Bulldogs entertain Miami-Hamilton (Ohio). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.