Johnson, Union surge past TWC for 10th straight win, 88-74

ATHENS, Tenn. - Union College forward Deante Johnson (Cincinnati, Ohio) matched a career-high with 31 points, leading the Bulldogs to an 88-74 victory over Tennessee Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon in Appalachian Athletic Conference action at Robb Gymnasium.

With the victory, Union won their 10th straight game, improving to 20-3 overall, 13-1 in the AAC with the victory. Tennessee Wesleyan fell to 13-10, 9-5 in the AAC with the loss.

In the first half, Union took an early lead, as Tennessee Wesleyan remained within striking distance throughout.

Union took their biggest lead of the period at 37-29 with 4:47 left, This ignited a scoring run by TWC to end the half, as the host Bulldogs ended the period on a 14-5 run to cut the Union lead to just one point at 43-42 at the half.

TWC kicked the second half off by quickly knocking down a basket to take a 44-43 lead, which started a back and forth for the lead throughout the half. Things came to a head with 8:46 left, as TWC took a slim 65-64 lead.

This would mark the final time on the afternoon that the host Bulldogs held a lead, as Union went on a back breaking 16-4 run over the next four minutes to effectively put Tennessee Wesleyan away for good. From there, Union rolled on their way to 14-point road conference victory.

Overall, Johnson matched his career-high of 31 points, which was set just two days ago against Milligan (Tenn.), on 15-of-19 shooting from the floor on the day. He also snatched 13 rebounds in the win to record a double-double.

Elsewhere, Union's only other double-digit scorer on the day was guard DeAntray Stevens (Cincinnati, Ohio), who had 20 points. Also, guard Tarik Smith (Tempe, Ariz.) matched Johnson in the rebound department, grabbing 13 rebounds, as well.

Tennessee Wesleyan was led in the loss by guard Tyler Burse, who had 16 points.

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