For the Bulldogs it was the second straight loss to open the 2012-13 campaign - and maybe more importantly - it was a step back from their 75-53 loss to Bloomfield a week ago.
"I don't know that we made any progress from last week," Union (0-2) coach Chip Langley said. "That's the challenge, we're having a challenge being mentally tough and once we get down the guys are having trouble to find their composure and that works against us."
The Bulldogs were unable to contain the outside shooting of the Warriors who shook off a slow start of their own to blow the game open in the second quarter before running away with the contest in the second half.
North Knox's Christopher Graman led the offensive onslaught of the hosts by draining 17 points including three treys. He was ably backed up by Jordan Meurer with 14.
They were the leading culprits in an offensive show that every Warrior who stepped on the court score at least one point.
"We couldn't get out to the wing quick enough to make sure we contested the shots," Langley said. "That's what we need to work on contesting shots, they too many free looks."
To counter only Union forward Ian Hamburg reached double-figures in scoring with 10 points.The Bulldogs did win the battle of the boards, but just barely.
Led by Ethan Fettig 12 rebounds, the Bulldogs claimed a slight 37-36 edge. Beyond that it was nothing near what the coach wanted to see his team display.
"We can learn from this," Langley said. "The fundamentals, we can work on those and try to get stronger. We've got our work cut out for us."
After staying close in the opening minutes, Union began an string of turnovers that eventually registered 29 and allowed the hosts to turn an 8-8 deadlock at the 3:50 mark of the first quarter into a 21-8 edge at the first stop.
It continued to swell as the Warriors pushed the margin to 39-17 at the intermission and 53-28 after three quarters.
"Even when we did a look at the basket, we didn't finish our shots," Langley said referring to his team's dismal 30 percent shooting performance. "We're not at the shooting percentage we'd like to be at.
"We had just a lot of simple mistakes. We were out of rhythm and never did find our rhythm. They just continually walked away from us while we tried to find our rhythm without any success."
The Bulldogs return to action Friday when they host Clay City in a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference game at Dugger.
North Knox won the junior varsity contest as well.
UNION (36) - Ethan Fettig 3-15 1-2 7, Ian Hamburg 4-8 2-2 10, Austin Robertson 3-5 0-0 6, Zac Birdsong 3-9 0-0 6, Sterling Langley 1-8 0-0 3, Trey Bedwell 1-5 2-5 4. Totals 15-50 5-9 36.
NORTH KNOX (74) - Shanson Lamb 1-6 0-0 2, Wacey Robertson 0-1 5-6 5, Christopher Graman 6-11 2-4 17, Luke McKinnon 3-6 0-0 7, Jordan Meurer 6-13 1-1 14, Brandon Short 1-4 0-0 2, Jake Alsman 2-4 0-0 4, Cole Bond 3-6 0-0 9, Zach Dillon 0-0 4-4 4, Mark Martin 4-7 0-1 9, Jason Jobe 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 26-59 13-18 74.
Union 8 9 11 8 - 36
North Knox 21 18 14 21 - 74
3-point shooting - Union 1-12 (Langley 1-5, Fettig 0-1, Birdsong 0-4, Bedwell 0-2), North Knox 9-22 (Graman 3-7, McKinnon 1-2, Meurer 1-4, Martin 1-1, Lamb 0-2, Jobe 0-1). Rebounds - Union 37 (Fettig 12), North Knox 36 (Graman 6). Steals - Union 8 (Langley 3), North Knox 19 (Lamb 5). Blocks - Union 5 (Fettig 4), North Knox 1 (Martin). Turnovers - Union 29, North Knox 21. Total fouls - Union 12, North Knox 13. Fouled out - Hamburg. Technical fouls - none.