by Benny Benton
RALEIGH, N.C. – Barton College freshman Jake Kakar scored a career-high 25 points on Saturday, but the performance came in a 110-89 loss at Shaw University.
The 6-3 freshman from Boston, Mass., made 10-of-14 attempts from the field, including 3-of-5 shots from 3-point range, and sank both free throw attempts in his breakout afternoon for the Bulldogs (7-5).
However, Barton saw a five-game winning streak snapped because it had no answer for Shaw sophomore DaVaughn Kelsie. The 6-0 guard from Richmond, Va., poured in a Shaw-record 12 3-pointers in 17 attempts on his way to a career-high 39 points.
Kelsie, who entered the game ranked fourth nationally in 3-pointers made per game at 4.36, drained three shots from long range in the final two minutes of the first half as the Bears turned a one-point game (35-34) into a 46-36 halftime lead. He sank three free throws to open the second period, and Shaw outscored BC 20-8 to begin the frame and put the game away.
At one point during a 64-point second half for the Bears, Kelsie fired in eight 3-pointers in a span of just eight minutes. He finished the period with 27 points in leading Shaw (8-4) to its sixth straight victory.
In addition to the career game from Kakar, Barton received 19 points from sophomore Isaiah Buck-Lowman and 12 points from sophomore Michael Boykin. Junior transfer Bobby Stenborg chipped in nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Barton shot 43 percent from the field, including 50 percent from 3-point range (11 of 22), but could not keep pace with Shaw, which shot 57 percent from the floor for the game (41 of 72), including the same percentage from beyond the arc (13 of 23).
The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at home against nationally-ranked No. 18 Virginia State University.