No. 9 Cougars come from behind, win sixth straight to move into first place tie in Jayhawk West

Trailing for thirty-seven minutes and facing a twelve point second half deficit, the Barton Community College men’s basketball team battled from behind to earn a hard fought 86-82 victory over Cloud County Community College Wednesday night in Concordia.  The No. 9 ranked Cougars were held at bay most of the night until freshman Algie Key knocked down a three-pointer to give Barton its first lead at 74-73 with 2:46 to play.  After exchanging buckets throughout the next minute, a three-point play by Dwayne Brunson with 1:17 to play gave Barton a 79-77 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.  With the victory coupled with Seward County’s home loss to Hutchinson, Barton moves into a three-way tie for first place with Seward and Colby. Barton improves to 20-2 on the season and 6-2 in conference play while Cloud drops to 4-4 in conference and 14-8 overall.  A battle for first place and between nationally ranked teams will take place this Saturday as Barton travels to Liberal to take on the No. 12 ranked Saints in a 8:00 p.m. Jayhawk West contest. 

Freshman Algie Key led three Barton players in double figures.  Key dropped thirty points on 12-of-17 shooting, including 3-for-3 from long distance, to go along with six rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks.  Dwayne Brunson scored fifteen points and eight rebounds while Carl Wallace just missed a double-double by scoring eleven points and grabbing nine rebounds.

Leading four Cloud players in double-digit scoring was Devon Branch with twenty-two to go along with eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals.  Richard Carter scored fifteen and dished out six assists while Derek Cooke and Onzie Branch each scored ten. 

After a subpar 33% shooting in the first half, Barton heated up the second half shooting 61.3% to finish the game at 47.5%, while Cloud finished with a consistent 45.5%.

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Released:  February 2, 2012


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