(CLEVELAND) – The Truett McConnell University men’s basketball team hosted Appalachian Athletic Conference foe, Union College, inside the Benjamin F. Brady Arena on Wednesday, where TMU fell to the Bulldogs with a score of 77-65. The Bears fell to a record of 4-2, 2-2 AAC, while the Bulldogs record rose to 4-2, 3-0 AAC.
In the first half, the Bears were even in play with Union. A three-pointer from EJ Smith got the Bears started, followed with a jumper from Kafunba Toure (5-2). The Bulldogs pulled ahead, but a jumper from Brent Kelly made the score even (11-11). A free throw from KJ Riley gave the Bears the lead back (14-13), while a shot in the paint from Kelly sent the Bears into halftime down by one, with a score of 33-34.
In the second half, the Bears struck with a free throw from Kelly and a dunk from Toure to even the score at 36-36. A layup from Toure and another dunk from Franky gave the Bears a lead over the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were resilient and strong offensively. Two free throws from Kelly gave the Bears some momentum, along with an eight-point rally from Akil Covington, but TMU ultimately fell short 65-77.
Toure led the Bears with 16 points on the evening, going 8-10 in the paint with six rebounds. Kelly followed with 12 points, nine rebounds and one steal. Covington had 10 points, going 5-6 in the paint. Franky had eight points, six rebounds and one steal. Smith and Riley both had five points on the evening, with one steal apiece.
The Bears will travel to face AAC rival, Reinhardt University, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m.