(BARBOURVILLE, Ky.) – After leading by five at the half (43-38), the Truett McConnell University men’s basketball team fell against Union College on the road Thursday evening with a final score of 90-74. The Bears fell to 4-11, 1-8 AAC on the year, while the Bulldogs improved to 4-5, 3-4 AAC.
Union managed to get out front by as much as 10 with eight minutes to go before halftime (17-27) but Marlon Allen’s bucket in the paint with six minutes to go sparked an impressive 10-0 scoring run for the visiting Bears to take the lead. Junior Enocka Franky officially hashed the gap with a two-pointer in the paint of his own (32-32), and it was senior Xavier Latore’s layup with 1:13 before the half that gave TMU their largest lead (43-35).
Despite the halftime deficit (43-38), the hot-shooting Bulldogs came out ready to rally. The Bulldogs went on a 13-0 scoring run, which featured three 3-pointers, to put TMU in a 12-point hole (53-65), and it was only up from there as Union ran away with the win. The Bulldogs recorded a total of eight 3-pointers in the second half, 13 total, and shot 52.78% from the field, 47.9% total.
TMU was led by freshman Ty Briscoe with 19 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Franky followed with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Latore added 15 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists. Allen and freshman Cory Seitz contributed nine points apiece.
The Bears are on the road again at Reinhardt University on Thursday, Jan. 21, with a tipoff time at 7:00 p.m.