After a disappointing 2013-2014 season, the Union Men’s Basketball team came into this year with their sights set on improving and producing better results. So far, they have done exactly that, by posting an 8-5 record through their first 13 games.
Much of their success this year is credited to their three captains: guard Terrell Winney ’15, and forwards William Hython ’16 and Ryan Whelpley ’16. The team’s leading scorer, guard Deshon Burgess ’17, has also contributed to their success.
Back in November, the Dutchmen traveled to New York City for New York University’s annual NYU Tip-Off Tournament.
Union won both of their contests at the Tip-Off Tournament, defeating The Old College At Westbury, 69-60, and host team NYU in a 64-62 nail-biter.
The Dutchmen then followed those two victories with a trip to Oneonta where they won an 18-point bout over Hartwick College by a score of 88-70 to cap off a phenomenal 3-0 start to the season.
After two tough losses to Westfield State College and Williams College, the Dutchmen bounced back with big wins over Hamilton College (92-71) and the University of Rochester (67-63), before traveling to Atlanta, Ga., for a tournament hosted by Emory University to ring in the New Year.
In Atlanta, the Dutchmen split their competition with a close 84-81 win over Birmingham Southern College and a 67-83 loss to Emory University.
To start off the 2015 calendar year, the Dutchmen opened their league play here at Viniar Athletic Center against Vassar College.
Despite a 24-point performance from Deshon Burgess and a “double-double” from William Hython (11 points, 11 assists), the Dutchmen couldn’t prevail over their Liberty League rivals and dropped their first conference game by a score of 88-80.
The following night, Union bounced back with an impressive 89-67 win over Liberty League rival St. Lawrence University, behind a 24-point performance from Winney.
Guard Kevin Weckworth ’17 had a career-high 11 assists while Hython contributed with another strong game, scoring 19 points and grabbing 6 rebounds.
This past weekend, the Dutchmen continued their in-conference play against RPI on Friday night and Bard College on Saturday afternoon.
Union cruised to a 70-47 victory over RPI behind a 16-rebound performance by Ryan Whelpley.
The Dutchmen didn’t fare as well the following night, however, as they lost by a one-point heart-breaker (78-77) to Bard College here in Schenectady. Burgess and Hython led Union in scoring with 19 points each.
The Dutchmen are on the road next weekend as they travel to St. Lawrence and Clarkson and they look to continue their strong Liberty League play.