By James Vallone
JACKSON, Tenn. -- Three Hawks reached double digits in points but Union was able to rally in the second half to win, 72-68. Union was able to shoot 47 percent from behind the arc, while making seven more 3-pointers than the Hawks, to help fuel the comeback.
With the score tied, 29-29, and five minutes to play in the first half, Shorter (15-10, 9-8, GSC) used a 10-7 run to lead by three at the intermission. Anthony Banks tied the game and added four points during the final run as part of a 12 point half.
Union (7-17, 5-11 GSC) started the second half with a 16-6 run, to lead 52-45 with fifteen minutes to play. Shorter would fight back and draw to the 63-63 tie after a Dedric Ware jumper with 1:35 on the clock.
Ware added another jumper and a 3-pointer, but Union scored nine points during the same span – five points from A.J. Roberts and four free throws made from Pedro Faller.
Ware went on to score 11 in each half to lead the Hawks with 22 while also passing out four assists and pulling in six rebounds.
Banks scored 18 for the game and also passed out four assists and grabbed seven rebounds.
Kenny Leverette scored 11 points and added six rebounds and three assists.
Roberts had 18 to lead four Bulldogs in double digits, Faller (16), Dani Marti (14), and Roy Bullock III (10) reached the mark, with Marti grabbing a game-high 17 rebounds – including five on the offensive glass.
The Hawks shot 38 percent from the floor, and only 24 percent from behind the arc. Union shot only 37 percent from the floor, but the long range shooting was more accurate and pushed the home team to the victory.
The Hawks committed only seven turnovers in the game, and were able to convert 12 Bulldogs turnovers into 12 points. Shorter had the edge on points in the paint, 36-20.
Shorter will return to action on March 2 from Huntsville when the Hawks visit No. 8 Alabama-Huntsville for an 8 pm tip-off.