BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College forward Deante Johnson scored 16 points to lead the way, as the 25th-ranked Bulldogs make quick work of Hiwassee (Tenn.) in an 89-52 victory on Monday night at Robsion Arena.
With the win, Union won their eighth straight game to improve to 18-3 overall on the year.
For most of the first half, the game remained tight, as Union held a 23-18 lead with 6:49 left in the period. From there, however, the Bulldogs dominated play, ending the period on a 22-5 scoring run to take a 45-23 lead into the locker room for intermission. The period was capped off by a Tashan Hairston three-pointer at the buzzer, giving Union a 22-point halftime lead.
It was more of the same for Union in the second half, as they opened up a 59-31 lead five minutes into the period. The deficit was too much for the visiting Tigers to come back from, as the Bulldogs rolled to a huge 37-point out-of-conference victory.
Overall, Johnson was one of just two double-digit scorers on the night for the Bulldogs with his 16-point performance (on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor). The other Union player to hit double-figures was guard Tarik Smith, who scored 10 points off the bench.
Hiwassee was led in the loss by David Layne, who finished with 11 points.
By the Numbers
Union leaps back into AAC play on Wednesday evening, hosting Milligan (Tenn.). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
|Union (Ky.) 18-3||45||44||89|
|Jan. 27, 2014|
|Hiwassee||Indv. Leaders||Union (Ky.)|
|#10 David Layne - 11||Points||#54 Deante Johnson - 16|
|#1 Jeff Golden - 7||Rebounds||#33 Gerard Newby - 7|
|#5 Justin Browner - 5||Assists||2 Players (#15,#31) - 4|
|Hiwassee||Team Statistics||Union (Ky.)|
|23.8% (15 - 63)||Field Goals %||49.3% (34 - 69)|
|11.1% (2 - 18)||3 Point Field Goals %||30.4% (7 - 23)|
|74.1% (20 - 27)||Free Throws||70% (14 - 20)|
|2||2nd Chance Pts||2|