Central, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Barton College Bulldogs in a 92-68 final on Monday evening.
Three Warriors scored double digits in the loss. DJ Dobson led the team with 14 points. Zalan Richards followed with 12 points and Jalen Lowery posted 11 points. Javon Hunter lead the team with four assists. Southern Wesleyan posted 30 rebounds in the loss with Richards leading the team with nine rebounds. Lowery and Hunter each had two steals apiece and three Warriors had blocks.
Final: Barton 92, Southern Wesleyan 68
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-7 / CC 2-15), Barton (6-2 / CC 10-8)
How It Happened
Barton struck first with back-to-back shots from Isaiah Buck-Lowman before a layup from Justice McCullough put the Warriors on the board. The Bulldogs countered and continued to rally. A jump shot from Jalen Lowery and a layup from DJ Dobson put the Warriors within six halfway through the first half. Despite shots from Dobson and Zalan Richards, the Bulldogs managed to maintain their 29-21 lead with less than eight minutes in the first half to go. Late free throws from Lowery and Javon Hunter weren't enough as the Warriors trailed 50-29 at the half.
The Bulldogs jumped out strong in the second half with layups and a pair of free throws from Bobby Stenborg to lead 59-29. Free throws from DJ Dobson gave the Warriors their first points of the second half to trail 59-31. Southern Wesleyan was able to narrow Barton's lead with layups from Zalan Richards and Dobson and a dunk from Jalen Lowery to cut the lead to 63-40. Halfway through the second half, Isaac Ford hit a 3-pointer and Javon Hunter made a jump shot to trail 71-47. Late shots from Hunter and a 3-pointer from Bryson Williams weren't enough as the Barton Bulldogs went on to win the game 92-68.
Southern Wesleyan will remain at home on Wednesday, January 17 as they take on the Mars Hill Lions at 7:00 p.m. They will then take on the Belmont Abbey Crusaders on January 20 at 4:00 p.m.