::Governor Meets With Barton College Team
From Staff And Wire Reports
Thursday, April 5, 2007
RALEIGH - Yesterday North Carolina Governor Mike Easley welcomed the Barton College men's basketball team to the Governor's Mansion and officially proclaimed the day as "Bulldog Men's Basketball Day" in honor of the Wilson, NC team.
On Saturday, March 24th, 2007 Barton College beat undefeated Winona State University by a score of 77-75 in dramatic fashion to win the 2007 NCAA Division-II Men's Basketball National Championship.
"I congratulate you on your first NCAA championship title," said Governor Easley to the team. "This is an accomplishment no other athletic team in the history of Barton College can claim."
At the Governor's Mansion, members of the team and coaching staff were presented with the Laurel Wreath Award, the state's honor for outstanding achievement in athletics.
Barton College finished the regular Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference (CVAC) season with a 19-1 record and then later went on to win the CVAC tournament for the second year in a row.
The Bulldogs' victory in the championship was the culmination of a 31-5 overall record and a 21-game winning streak.
Barton College was founded in 1902 as Atlantic Christian College and is a 4 year, private liberal arts college located in Wilson , NC. The school's name was changed to Barton College in 1990. Around 1,150 students from 31 states and 16 foreign countries attend Barton College. ::