WILSON, N.C. – The Barton Men's Basketball Team (6-1), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, suffered its first loss of the year – a 95-90 overtime setback to Shaw (5-2) – Tuesday evening at Wilson Gymnasium.
The Bears' Amir Hinton (Philadelphia, Pa.) led all scorers with 49 points including 34 after halftime on 19-of-32 shooting as Shaw rallied from a 48-35 deficit at intermission to take the win. Hinton connected on 19-of-32 field goal attempts, hit 10-of-11 free throw attempts and scored 11 points in the extra frame
Barton was led by senior forward Bobby Stenborg (Garner, N.C.) with a team-high 32 points on 12-of-16 shooting while sophomore guard Jake Kakar (Boston, Mass.) and senior guard Zach Grant (Richmond, Va.) added 15 points each in the losing effort. The Bulldogs hit 14 three-pointers including 10 in the first half as Barton built its 13-point advantage at break but couldn't hold the lead.
Hinton forced overtime with a jump shot with 48 seconds remaining in the second half before a field goal attempt by junior guard Michael Boykin (Clinton, N.C.) rimmed out with time expiring. Boykin finished with 10 points but the Bulldogs missed nine free throws in the losing effort.
Shaw hit 51 percent (39-of-77) of its shots and held a 42-38 advantage on the boards in the victory.
Barton opens Conference Carolinas play on Saturday at home against North Greenville beginning at 4:00 p.m., while Shaw next plays Elizabeth City State on Thursday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m., on the road.