BARBOURVILLE, Ky. --
Union sophomore forward Turrell Morris
poured in 45 points to tie a school-record, as the Bulldogs pulled away late in the second half from Tennessee Wesleyan, 87-76 in AAC action on Wednesday night at Robsion Arena.
With the win, Union improved to 13-14 on the year, 7-6 in the AAC, while Tennessee Wesleyan fell to 10-19, 3-10 in the AAC with the loss.
Morris' (Columbus, Ohio) 45 point effort tied a school-record set in the 1987-88 season by Fred Calloway against Campellsville. Morris also came just shy of matching the school rebounding record in a game pulling down 22 boards (11 offensive and defensive rebounds, apiece), just one short of matching the record of 23 set in the 1963-64 season by Bill Trent.
In the first half of play, Tennessee Wesleyan looked to go into the half with a somewhat commanding lead after opening up a 40-33 advantage with 1:48 left. Union, however, cut the deficit to four at 40-36 at the end of the first 20 minutes. Morris made his presence felt early in the contest, scoring 17 points and pulling down seven rebounds in the first period.
In the second half, TWC remained in the lead through the first five minutes, but the Bulldogs stormed ahead at the 15-minute mark to take their first lead since the 8-minute mark in the first half (49-48) on a Morris lay-in. Tennessee Wesleyan wrestled the lead back at the 12-minute mark, but lost the lead with 11:12 left at 56-54 when Morris converted another lay-in.
Once the Bulldogs got the lead, they never gave it up, as Morris took matters into his own hands at the 10-minute mark, scoring three straight baskets to give Union a 60-54 lead. The closest Tennessee Wesleyan got to to the Bulldog lead from this point on was with 5:32 left when they cut their deficit down to two at 67-65.
Union, however, countered with lay-in's by Morris and Brent Cork
(Saginaw, Mich.) to increase the lead back to six at 71-65. The Bulldogs then pulled away from TWC, salting the game away at the free throw line over the final three minutes to take the 11 point victory.
Morris scored his 45 on 19-of-26 shooting from the floor and also went 7-of-14 from the free throw line in the contest. He also recorded five steals and with his 22 rebound performance, he notched his 13th double-double of the 2010-11 season.
Tennessee Wesleyan had three scorers score end the night in double-digits, led by Andy Cooper, who had 17 in the losing effort.
Union returns to the court on Saturday when they travel to Bryan in the team's regular season finale. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.