by John Karrs
CLEMSON, S.C. – The Barton men's basketball team put up a valiant effort but ultimately fell to Clemson by an 89-80 score on Thursday night in an exhibition at Littlejohn Coliseum.
The Bulldogs – who held a 48-43 advantage at halftime – were led by sophomore guard Jake Kakar (Boston, Mass.) with a team-high 23 points in addition to five treys including four in the first half while junior guard Michael Boykin (Clinton, N.C.) added 21 points in the setback.
Clemson's Marcquise Reed (Landover, Md.) led all scorers with 29 points and hit 10-of-10 from the free throw line in the victory. The charity stripe was the difference as the Tigers connected on 25-of-27 free throw attempts.
Barton senior guard Zach Grant (Richmond, Va.) also scored in double figures – finishing with 12 points – and the Bulldogs did connect on 10 three-pointers in the loss.
Clemson's David Skara (Zadar, CROATIA) added in a double-double, 19 points and 10 rebounds, as the Tigers held a 37-28 advantage on the boards. Barton lost despite shooting 50 percent (30-of-60) from the field.
Barton opens the season on Friday, November 9, when the Bulldogs host their annual 45 Second Classic beginning with Georgia Southwestern at 7:00 p.m., in Wilson Gymnasium. Clemson hosts The Citadel on Tuesday beginning at 7:00 p.m.