JACKSON, Tenn. – The Union University men’s basketball team dropped its first conference game in a 71-64 loss to the University of West Georgia. Union dropped to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Gulf South Conference. West Georgia improved to 3-1 on the season and 3-0 in league play.
In the first half, the teams were back-and-forth as Union led by as many a four and West Georgia led by as many as two during the first half. Union led 33-30 at the break.
The second half was much the same for the first 10 minutes. Union had a three-point lead at one point, and West Georgia had several one point leads early in the half. Union led 46-45 before West Georgia went on a 11-0 run to take control, 55-46 with 8:24 left. At the 7:05 mark, West Georgia had the largest lead of the night for either team at 10 points, 57-47.
Union was not finished and over the next five minutes, the Bulldogs outscored the Wolves 15-7 to pull to within two points, 64-62, with 2:18 left. However, Union could not get the big shot late in the game to fall and West Georgia made 5-of-6 free throws in the last minute to seal the win.
The game featured 13 ties and 13 lead changes. West Georgia scored 15 points on 16 Union turnovers.
Union was led by Tylandrius Parks with 19 points. Justin Debuck added 11 points, while Boe Nguidjol and Jeremiah Littlepage put up 10 points and eight rebounds each. Union shot 38 percent from the field, 50 percent (9-18) from long range, and 73 percent (11-15) from the foul line.
West Georgia shot 40 percent from the field, 20 percent (2-10) from long range, and 73 percent (19-26) from the free throw line.
Up next for Union will be its final non-conference game of the regular season when North Georgia comes to Union Tuesday at 6 p.m.