Barton Beats Buzzer, Winona State for Division II Title

SPRINGFIELD, Ma. (AP) -- Anthony Atkinson scored 10 points in the final 45 seconds, including a layup at the buzzer, to give Barton College its first NCAA Division II title with a 77-75 victory over defending champion Winona State.

Barton ended Winona's two-year, 57-game winning streak and survived a review of the final play by the officials.

Winona appeared poised to repeat as champion when Zac Malvik made two free throws to put the Minnesota school ahead 74-67 with 45 seconds left. Two straight baskets by Atkinson made it 74-71, then Jonte Flowers of Winona hit one of two foul shots to put his team in front 75-71.

Atkinson scored on a layup with 19.4 seconds remaining, then stole the inbounds pass and made a layup to tie it 75-75 with 11 seconds left. Atkinson forced a turnover, raced down court and delivered the winning basket just before time expired.

Barton, of North Carolina, finished 31-5. Winona (35-1) beat previously unbeaten Bentley 64-61 in the quarterfinals.

Atkinson finished with 29 points. Malvik led Winona with 26 points.


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