• Tuesday, Mar 14
    Cornerstone University vs 69
    Union 72
  • Monday, Mar 13
    Indiana Wesleyan University vs 80
    Union 92
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    Trinity International University vs 60
    Union 98
  • Friday, Mar 10
    College of Idaho vs 82
    Union 83
  • Wednesday, Mar 8
    Aquinas College vs 83
    Union 95
  • Saturday, Feb 25
    Reinhardt vs 58
    Union 85
  • Friday, Feb 24
    Tennessee Wesleyan at 77
    Union 95
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    Allen vs 80
    Reinhardt 92
  • Thursday, Feb 23
    St. Andrews vs 66
    Union 84
  • Thursday, Feb 23
    Bluefield at 90
    Tennessee Wesleyan 95
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  • Thursday, Feb 23
    Bryan at 71
    Reinhardt 78
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    Allen vs 82
    Montreat 70
  • Wednesday, Feb 22
    St. Andrews vs 88
    Milligan 76
  • Wednesday, Feb 22
    Bryan vs 72
    Truett McConnell 67
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  • Wednesday, Feb 22
    Point vs 69
    Allen 74
  • Saturday, Feb 18
    Allen at 98
    St. Andrews 85
  • Saturday, Feb 18
    Montreat at 89
    Tennessee Wesleyan 90
  • Saturday, Feb 18
    Johnson Bible at 78
    Milligan 107
  • Saturday, Feb 18
    Truett McConnell at 69
    Bryan 70
  • Saturday, Feb 18
    Reinhardt at 80
    Bluefield 82
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Men's Basketball - Sat, Mar. 11, 2017

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – Top-ranked Union College roared out of the gates and raced to a convincing 98-60 victory over No. 3 seed Trinity International (Ill.) on Saturday to advance to the Fab Four of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship for the first time in program history.

Tyrone Sherman (SR/Chicago Heights, Ill.) started things off with a 3-pointer, and the Bulldogs (33-3 overall) never looked back.

"Our first several minutes were really aggressive, really impressive," said head coach Kevin Burton. "We had a real good mentality on offense and defense. I wasn't really quite sure what to expect from our guys as late as we had to finish (last night) and as quick of a turnaround we had to play today, but our defense just really took Trinity out of what offensive looks they were attempting to get."

The national tournament is being held at Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks (Mo.) in Point Lookout, Mo.

With Paul Stone (SR/Danville, Va.) accounting for eight points, Union raced out to a 17-4 advantage by the 15:23 mark. From there, the points kept coming.

Gerrard Newby (SR/Lexington, Ky. ) scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the first half, helping the Bulldogs to a 58-31 halftime cushion. Newby hit 4-of-5 from 3-point range in the first half as Union went 7-for-14 as a team. Conversely, Trinity International missed all nine 3-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes.

After a rather quiet first two games and an injury, Newby appeared to return to form, hitting 7-of-11 shots and grabbing six rebounds.

"I kept (Newby) in longer than I wanted to, but all in all, you never come into a game like this expecting an outcome to be the score differential it was," Burton noted. "Trinity's got a fantastic team, a great, young coach that's going to kick tails and take names in this industry. For us to play that well against a quality team was really good."

Union was a little sluggish coming out of the break. The Trojans (30-6 overall) put together an 8-0 run to cut the margin to 70-48 with 12:22 remaining. But the Bulldogs regrouped and went on a 13-3 spurt to push the lead to 84-51 with 6:49 to play on their way to the 38-point victory.

"I didn't care for our mentality the first eight minutes of the second half," Burton said. "We've seen that from us all year, but that group that came in there in the second half, they were just fantastic."

After Newby, Stone led the way with 16 points with Sherman and Mike Martin (SR/Flint, Mich.) each knocking in 14 apiece. Sam Natt (SR/Los Angeles, Calif.) came off the bench to chip in 11 points, sinking three 3-pointers.

Union had one of its better shooting nights, connecting on 53 percent (35-of-66) of its shots. The Bulldogs were solid from long range as well, hitting 13-of-28 (46.4 percent) from behind the arc. Trinity International shot 35.5 percent (22-of-62) from the field and made 4-for-26 (15.4 percent) 3-point attempts.

The Bulldogs collected 13 steals with Stone leading the way with six on the night. By comparison, the Trojans had five.

Next up for Union is fourth-ranked Indiana Wesleyan in the Fab Four. Tipoff is set for Monday at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. The Wildcats