Union men’s basketball story: College of the Ozarks Downs UC, 68-53

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. -- College of the Ozarks’ Mike Wiebe scored a game-high 29 points to lead the host Bobcats to a 68-53 victory over the Union College men’s basketball team on Monday evening in NAIA action. The game was apart of the 2011 McDonald’s CAM JAM Classic held at CofO.

With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 3-13 on the year, while College of the Ozarks improved to 6-7 overall with the victory.

In the first half, the game was a defensive struggle. Late in the period, Union held a 22-21 lead after James Strange (Pineville, Ky.) knocked down a three-pointer with 3:39 left. However, College of the Ozarks scored the final four points of the half, and took a slim 25-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.

In the second half, the Bobcats came out of intermission on fire, racing out to a 12-3 run to take a 37-26 lead at the 15-minute mark. Union, however, came back over the next few minutes with a run of their own to cut the lead all the way down to 37-34 (an 8-0 run) with 11 minutes left after an Ian Davis (Cherry Hills, N.J.) jumper.

This was, however, the closest Union came to the College of the Ozarks lead, as the Bobcats went on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes that gave them an insurmountable 50-36 lead with seven minutes to go. The deficit was too much for the Bulldogs to comeback from, as the Bobcats rolled down the stretch to pick up a 15-point home win.

Overall, Union had three players score in double-figures, led by Strange, who scored a team-high 13 points. Josh Smith (Corbin, Ky.) came off the bench to score 12 points, while Davis recorded his first double-double of the year, scoring 10 points and snatching 12 rebounds.

College of the Ozarks was paced by Wiebe’s dominating scoring night, who scored his 29 points on an 11-of-22 shooting performance from the field (4-of-9 from the three point line).

Union will conclude play at the McDonald’s CAM JAM Classic tomorrow when they take on Bellevue (Neb.). Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. (EST).


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