Barton men’s basketball uses second-half surge to down Augusta, 89-76

Barton senior guard Michael Boykin finished with 18 points in the Bulldogs’ 89-76 win over Augusta Saturday in the 45 Second Classic.  Photo by Bill Howard
Barton senior guard Michael Boykin finished with 18 points in the Bulldogs’ 89-76 win over Augusta Saturday in the 45 Second Classic. Photo by Bill Howard

by John Karrs

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's basketball team (2-0) used a 10-0 run early in the second half to take control in an 89-76 victory over Augusta (1-1) Saturday afternoon on the final day of the 45 Second Classic in Wilson Gymnasium.

Senior forward Bobby Stenborg (Garner, N.C.) led the Bulldogs for the second straight game – finishing with 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting in addition to nine rebounds – while junior guard Michael Boykin (Clinton, N.C.) added 18 points including three treys in the victory for Barton.

Augusta's Deane Williams (Bristol, ENGLAND) finished with a double-double – 22 points and 16 rebounds – but the Jaguars lost despite hitting 12 three-pointers.

Barton broke a 52-all tie when senior guard Matt Woods (Swannanoa, N.C.) hit three free throws at the 15:57 mark of the second half, the start of the Bulldogs' 10 straight points. 

Barton, which shot 56 percent (34-of-61) from the field, never relinquished its lead from there.  Woods (10 points) was one of five Barton players to reach double figures.  Barton also held a 40-32 advantage on the boards.

Barton hits the road to take on Coker in Hartsville, S.C., on Tuesday night beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Augusta next plays at Paine on Saturday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m.  In the first game of the doubleheader today, Mount Olive (1-1) held on to beat Georgia Southwestern (0-2) by a 59-57 score.