Union College's men's basketball team is red hot at the right time.
The Bulldogs of Barbourville, Ky., scored their first victory ever Wednesday in the NAIA Division II National Championship tournament at Point Lookout, Mo.
Deante Johnson scored 20 points, and former Lexington high school standouts Dominique Hagans and Gerrard Newby also scored in double figures as Union defeated Northwestern Ohio, 64-58.
The victory was Union's 21st in a row, the longest current streak in NAIA Division II.
The Bulldogs (30-4) will take on Embry-Riddle (Fla.) or Friends (Kan.) in the second round of the 32-team tournament on Friday at 11:15 a.m. EDT.
"I'm proud of our guys," Union Coach Kevin Burton said. "Northwestern Ohio was the best team we played all year, they were so well coached. I was so impressed at how hard both teams were playing, we were both playing to win. Everybody got their money's worth in this one, it was a classic."
Hagans, a 6-foot-3 senior from Lafayette High School, contributed 11 points and nine rebounds to the Union cause. Newby, a 6-6 sophomore from Henry Clay, kicked in 10 points and 10 boards.
Union raced to a 20-7 lead to open Wednesday's game but saw its advantage trimmed to 28-27 by halftime.
The teams traded the lead throughout the second half before Union launched a 12-3 run with about eight minutes to go that created all the separation the Bulldogs would need to advance.
Lawrence Jackson and Ed Jenkins led Northwestern Ohio (25-8) with 15 points each.