SAU wrestling scores two wins

By Logan Martinez - [email protected]

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews wrestling team racked up a pair of victories Saturday to extend its home winning streak to six matches dating back to last season.

The Knights defeated Brewton-Parker College 33-18, then rebounded later in the day to best Allen University 24-15.

St. Andrews is now 3-4 this season — Joe Baranik’s program has won three in a row after dropping the first four matches of the year.

125-pound sophomore Brennan Patton finished 2-0 on the afternoon after winning his first match by forfeit, then he scored a 7-2 victory over Allen’s Davon Powell.

At 133 pounds, junior Tyran Taylor also logged a perfect day. He defeated Brewton-Parker’s Omar Ruiz 14-4 in a major-decision win, then pinned Allen’s David Griffin.

149-pound junior Isaac King was the third Knights wrestler to go undefeated Saturday — he won by technical fall in the opener, dominating Jacob May 22-7. King had a much closer match against Allen’s Alphonso Martin, but still managed to escape with the 8-5 victory.

St. Andrews is off until Dec. 28 when it will travel to Kissimmee, Florida to compete in a dual meet against the University of Central Florida and Southeastern University.

Union pulls away in second half to down SAU

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. — For one half, the St. Andrews men’s basketball team went toe-to-toe with one of the premier programs in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

But as the Knights learned against Union, college basketball is a 40-minute game.

The Bulldogs blew open a tied contest at halftime to win 93-74 and remain undefeated in conference play.

Union and St. Andrews entered the break knotted up at 40-all, but the Bulldogs scored 53 points in the final 20 minutes to put away the visiting Knights.

Union improved to 11-3 overall (4-0 in the AAC) with the victory while the defeat dropped St. Andrews to 3-5 (2-2 in the AAC).

The Bulldogs had six players crack double-digit scoring. J.D. Tucker paced the team with 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Sean Brown notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists.

The Knights had three players surpass double digits. Jeff Gulley tallied 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the Knights, Kwasean McCaskell had 16 points and four assists and Lee Vanderhorst added 15 points.

St. Andrews will return to the hardwood when it hosts Reinhardt Saturday at 2 p.m.

Lady Knights lose 8th straight

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. — The St. Andrews women’s basketball team lost its eighth straight game after falling on the road to Union College.

The Bulldogs routed the Knights 80-51 Saturday to improve to 6-2 (3-2 in the AAC) while St. Andrews fell to 2-9 (0-5 in the AAC).

Union’s Lydia Nash led both teams with 24 points, and she had grabbed four rebounds and notched a pair of blocks. Shelby Rudd added 15 points and six rebounds.

Alexis Redd was the only Knight to reach double digits, scoring 12 points on 11 shots. Ellen Dukes tacked on nine points and six rebounds, and Cassidy Chipman chipped in seven points and five rebounds.

St. Andrews is off until Saturday when it will welcome Reinhardt to Laurinburg. Tip-off is scheduled for noon.

Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.

By Logan Martinez

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