WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - A strong second-half by host Cumberlands (Ky.) spelled trouble for the Union men's basketball team as the Bulldogs fell 102-72 on Saturday.
The loss drops Union to 4-4 overall, while Cumberlands is now 9-0.
Matthew Thomas led a quartet of Bulldogs in double figures with a team-high 16 points. Josh Smith and Tarik Smith each chipped in 12 points, respectively, while James Strange added 10.
Union stayed with Cumberlands for much of first half. The Bulldogs hit 14-of-31 shots (45.2 percent) during the opening 20 minutes, but the Patriots connected on 51.5 percent (17-of-33 shots) to take a 52-43 halftime lead.
In the second half, Union struggled to get its offense rolling, making only a third of its shots from the floor (10-of-30 shots) and missing all six 3-point attempts. Cumberlands, meanwhile, kept up its hot shooting by draining 19-of-36 shots (52.8 percent) to outscore Union 50-29 in the period en route to the 30-point decision.
For the game, Union shot 39.3 percent (24-of-61 shots) from the field and 4-for-13 (30.8 percent) from 3-point range. Cumberlands went 36-for-69 (52.2 percent) from the floor and hit 11-of-21 (52.4 percent) from behind 3-point shot.
Six Patriots scored in double figures with Ernie McCoy leading the way with 21 points.
Union returns home Wednesday as it opens up Appalachian Athletic Conference play against St. Andrews (N.C.). Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.