Free-throws the difference as Barton drops 80-72 decision at home against Augusta

Archived photo of sophomore Jeff Gordon, who scored a team-high 16 points for the Bulldogs in Saturday's 80-72 loss at home against Augusta University.  | Photo by Michael Tyler
Archived photo of sophomore Jeff Gordon, who scored a team-high 16 points for the Bulldogs in Saturday's 80-72 loss at home against Augusta University. | Photo by Michael Tyler

by Doug Page

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College men's basketball team faced an Augusta University squad that featured an experienced starting-five on Saturday afternoon on day two of the 45 Second Classic inside Wilson Gymnasium. Augusta outscored Barton 48-41 in the second-half en route to an 80-72 victory against the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs (0-1) shot 29-of-55 from the floor and went 9-of-11 from the free-throw line on the afternoon, while Augusta improves to 2-0 on the season. The Jaguars went 17-of-21 from the charity stripe, including an 11-of-12 performance from Mikkel Kolstad.

Sophomore Jeff Gordon went 7-of-11 from the floor to lead the Bulldogs offensively, scoring a team-high 16 points. Junior Matt Woods finished the contest 5-of-5 from the field, including a 4-for-4 effort from three-point range. Sophomore Michael Boykin tallied 13 points and added a game-high five assists for BC. Junior Bobby Stenborg rounded-out the double-digit scoring performances for Barton, adding 10 points and three assists.

Augusta was led by a game-high 23 points from Deane Williams, who finished 9-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. Kolstad added 20 points for the Jaguars, while Tyvez Monroe went 6-of-13 from the floor en route to 15 points. Tamyrik Fields went 6-of-13 from the field and added three steals for Augusta.

Both teams would play a close opening half with Augusta leading for a majority of the time. Williams guided the way for the Jaguars, tallying 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting and four points at the free-throw line. Freshman Blake Burdack made the most of his six minutes on the court for BC, going 3-of-3 from the field. Boykin led the Bulldogs offensively in the first half with nine points and one block.

The lone difference in scoring to end the half would be a free-throw as Augusta took a 32-31 lead into the break.

Barton continued its hot shooting in the second half but would see the Jaguars make the most of their free-throw opportunities down-the-stretch. Gordon tried his best to pull BC even with the Jaguars, using a 14-point performance in the half. Gordon would go 6-of-8 from the floor for BC, while Woods drained a trio of three-pointers for the Bulldogs.

Augusta had three players that would record double-digit scoring halves as Monroe, Williams, and Kolstad all topped double figures. Kolstad went just 2-of-3 from the field, but received 12 chances at the charity stripe, converting on 11 occasions. Williams drained five shots from the field, while Monroe hit four of his shots for Augusta.

The Bulldogs went 29-of-55 (52.7%) from the field in the contest and 9-of-11 at the free-throw line, while Augusta went 29-of-56 (51.8%) from the floor and 17-of-21 from the charity stripe. Both teams drained five treys on the afternoon, with Augusta out-rebounding Barton 29-27.