Barton men’s basketball rallies to beat UNC Pembroke, 77-72, in the Pickle Classic

Barton senior guard Jake Kakar finished with 15 points in the Bulldogs’ 77-72 win over UNC Pembroke in the Pickle Classic Friday in Mount Olive, N.C.  Photo by Bill Howard.
Barton senior guard Jake Kakar finished with 15 points in the Bulldogs’ 77-72 win over UNC Pembroke in the Pickle Classic Friday in Mount Olive, N.C. Photo by Bill Howard.

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The Barton College men's basketball team (4-0) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to down UNC Pembroke (2-1), 77-72, Friday evening on the first day of the Pickle Classic at Kornegay Arena.

The Bulldogs were led by senior forward Bobby Stenborg (Garner, N.C.) with 17 points while senior guard Jake Kakar (Boston, Mass.) added 15 points with three treys as Barton pulled out the victory after trailing by a 44-34 score at halftime.

UNC Pembroke, ranked No. 21 in the D2SIDA Media Poll, had four players in double figures – led by David Strother (Lumberton, N.C.) with 12 points – but the Braves couldn't hold a 49-36 lead with just under 18 minutes left in the contest.

Barton senior guard Zach Grant (Richmond, Va.) broke a 72-all tie with the game-winning three-pointer with 29 seconds left.  Sophomore forward Blake Burdack (Melbourne, AUSTRALIA) added a double-double – 11 points and 10 rebounds – for the Bulldogs, who continued their best start to the season in six years (7-0 during the 2012-13 campaign).

The Braves blocked 11 shots but the Bulldogs hit 10-of-11 free throws in the contest and forced UNC Pembroke into 16 turnovers.

On the final day of the tournament on Saturday, Barton faces Clayton State at 5:00 p.m., while UNC Pembroke takes on the host school – Mount Olive – immediately following the Bulldogs' contest at 7:00 p.m.