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NO. 1 UNION ADVANCES TO AAC SEMIS WITH 84-66 WIN

Union College Athletics

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Bolstered by a strong first half, the No. 1-ranked Union College men’s basketball team had little problem in advancing past eighth-seeded St. Andrews (N.C.) 84-66 in the quarterfinal round of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament on Wednesday.

With the win, the Bulldogs (28-3 overall) move on to face No. 4 seed Tennessee Wesleyan in the semifinal round on Friday at 6 p.m. Tennessee Wesleyan defeated fifth-seeded Bluefield (Va.) 95-90 in its quarterfinal matchup.

The AAC Tournament is being held at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

After some close play early on, Union went on a 22-9 stretch to open up a 47-26 cushion with 1:21 to go in the first. The Bulldogs went on to take a 50-30 advantage into the half.

Paul Stone (SR/Danville, Va.) had solid first half with 13 points and eight rebounds as Union shot 44.1 percent (15-of-34 shots) from the floor in the period.

The Bulldogs came out of the half a little sluggish as the Knights chipped away at the margin. Following a three-point play by Connor Zinaich, Union’s lead was down to 59-47 with 11:22 remaining.

Union regrouped and pushed the margin to 75-56 after Gerrard Newby (SR/Lexington, Ky. ) buried a 3-pointer with 6:09 left. From that point on, the Bulldogs coasted to the 84-66 win and on into the semifinals.

Stone finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points to go with 10 rebounds. Jaylen Daniel (SR/Winchester, Ky.) also posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Newby, meanwhile, scored a game-high 20 points to go with eight rebounds, and Tyrone Sherman (SR/Chicago Heights, Ill.) had 14 points and six assists.

Lee Vanderhorst led the Knights (12-17 overall) with 17 points.

The victory is Union‘s 26th in a row and its 10th straight in conference tournament play.

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