BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Another conference win, another come-from-behind victory.
Union College is making it routine to rallying from double-digit deficits as it pulled out a 69-68 Appalachian Athletic Conference victory over visiting Bryan (Tenn.) College Saturday.
"I really hope we don't keep making a habit of this," said Union coach Sean Gillespie. "It's nice to get the win, but I wish we didn't have to battle back like we have been doing the last two games."
The Bulldogs (3-3 overall, 2-0 AAC) trailed 51-41 with 11:02 to play but used an 18-6 run to grab a 59-57 with 5:45 remaining. Jerome Carmichael (Newport, Tenn.) hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help fuel the rally.
After Union built a four-point lead, Bryan (5-2 overall, 1-1 AAC) scrapped back to even the score at 61-61 at the 4:29 mark.
Tied at 63-63, Carmichael and Keith Bauer traded treys to make it a 66-66 contest with 3:46 to go.
Payton Ponzer (Independence, Ky.) scored with 1:55 left, and Darrel Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.) hit 1-of-2 free throws with 33 seconds remaining to lift Union to a 69-66 lead.
Bryan tried tie the game with a 3-pointer, but all the Lions could muster was a Bauer putback with three seconds to play, making the final 69-68 Union.
Carmichael paced Union with 16 points as he hit 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Ponzer followed with 15 points, while Beau Brown (Athens, Tenn.) chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double for the season.
"Beau isn't scoring at the pace he did last year at this point, but he's doing other things to contribute," Gillespie said. "He's really improved his all-around game and doing what is necessary to help us win."
Bauer and Scott Newton were pretty much the extent of the Lions' offense as they scored 28 and 20 points, respectively. Newton also hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds.
Union returns to action Tuesday when it plays host to Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) University at 7:30 p.m.
This is the second year in a row Union has opened the conference schedule 2-0. Last year, the Bulldogs defeated UVa-Wise and Bryan to open the league slate, but those wins were on the road.
Union is currently on a three-game win streak. Last season, Union's longest win streak was four games and had one other win streak of three games.
The Bulldogs received 27 points off the bench while the Lions only got seven.