Robinson's 30 points propels Barton
MORROW, Ga. – Barton’s Faith Hunter hit an off-balance driving baseline lay-up with 21 seconds left to lead the fifth-seeded Bulldogs to a 80-79 upset win against fourth-seeded Georgia College in the fourth quarterfinal of the day at the 2011 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional at the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Georgia College (22-7) had a chance to claim victory on its next offensive possession, but Tammeisha Law missed a lay-up that Barton (26-4) was able to corral, leaving the Bulldogs with the narrow one-point win.
Barton, who was down by 12 at the halftime break, advances to the semifinal round of the 2011 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional where they will face top-seeded and region host Clayton State at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Jannetta Robinson of Barton College led the Bulldogs in their regional victory with 30 points. Robinson was 13 for 17 from the field in the game.
In a balanced Bulldog attack four Barton players finished in double figures with Hunter (15), Jamila Johnson (11) and Nyeshea Willie (10) all recording double-digit outputs in addition to Robinson.
Georgia College’s Chimere Jordan was the top scorer in the game with 32 points. Jordan also had 12 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
Dominique Huffin (20) and Karisma Boykin (16) also acquired double-figure scoring outputs in the narrow loss to the Bulldogs.
Barton finished the win on Friday evening shooting 46.8 percent (29 for 62) as a team. Georgia College shot 44.2 percent (23 for 52) from the field.
Both teams were lethal from the charity stripe with Barton missing just one attempt from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs hit upon 93.8 percent (15 for 16) of their free throws in the game.
Georgia College knocked down 80.6 percent (25 for 31) of its free throws in the game.
The game began with Barton rushing out to an 11-2 lead with a little over 17 minutes remaining in the first half of action.
The tide turned in Georgia College’s favor in the first half from there as the Bobcats went on a 21-10 run to own a two-point 23-21 lead after a Jessica Baker 3-pointer with 9:40 on the game clock in the first stanza.
Georgia College would eventually end the first half with a double-digit lead at 42-30.
Jordan was the catalyst for the Georgia College attack in the first 20 minutes as the 2011 Peach Belt Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player finished with 17 points in the first half of action.
Georgia College still led by 10 points with just 16 minutes to play at 47-37, but a 22-13 run over the next 7 minutes had pulled Barton to within one at 60-59 with 9:06 remaining.
The Bulldogs pulled ahead shortly thereafter by one at 63-62 after a Robinson jumper in the paint.
The lead would not last as the two teams would battle back and forth over the next few minutes with the two tied at 70-70 with under five minutes left.
Barton’s game-winning lay-up by Hunter eventually ended a second half that saw Barton outscore Georgia College 50-37.