BARBOURSVILLE – Alice Lloyd dropped a men’s college basketball game to host Union on Saturday. Union defeated the Eagles 81-75.
With the loss, Alice Lloyd dropped to 2-4.
Union improved to 6-3 with the win.
The Bulldogs opened the contest with three quick baskets to lead 8-5 at the 17:34 mark.
Alice Lloyd then proceeded to go on a 17-6 run to pull ahead 22-14 lead with 11:45 remaining. Riding the solid play from seniors Tyler Rogers and Cody Stumbo, the visiting team increased its advantage to as much as 15 points (37-22) with 5:28 remaining the first half.
Union responded with a 17-3 run of its own to reduce the deficit to just one (40-39) as the first half came to an end. The Eagles were led by 15 first half points from Rogers. Rogers finished a perfect 5-of-5 from the field.
Union came out for the second half on a mission as it earned its first double-digit lead on the night (58-46) on an offensive rebound and putback with 14:37 remaining.
Alice Lloyd refused to go away as it reduced the Union lead to just 4 (62-58) on a Dondre Warren layup at the 10:15 mark. Unfortunately for the visiting contingent, this would be as the close as the Eagles would get as Union managed to hit enough buckets late in the contest, in addition to sinking 7-of-8 clutch free throws.
Rogers and Stumbo led the Eagles in scoring, finishing with 19 points apiece. The productive Rogers also hauled down a game-high eight rebounds. Warren contributed 11 points and guard Trevor Tiller, a Paintsville High School graduate, dished off four assists for the Eagles.
JD Tucker paced Union with a game-high 26 points. Tucker scored 18 points for the Bulldogs in the second half.