WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's basketball team (8-3, 2-2) saw its two-game losing streak come to an end after prevailing over Erskine (3-5, 0-2), 79-75, Saturday afternoon at Wilson Gymnasium in a Conference Carolinas game.
Four players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs – led by sophomore guard Jake Kakar (Boston, Mass.) with 17 points – and hit 12 treys in moving back to .500 in conference play on the season. Senior guard Bobby Stenborg (Raleigh, N.C.) had a tremendous all-around game with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Bulldogs also cut down on their turnovers (nine total) in the triumph.
Erskine lost despite the play of Tyler Brevard (Blythewood, S.C.), who led all scorers with 30 points including four three-pointers but the Flying Fleet made only nine-of-17 free throw attempts and missed several crucial shots from the charity stripe down the stretch in the setback.
The game featured 11 lead changes and six ties. Kakar, who finished with five three-pointers, hit the game-winning trey with 34 seconds left to give Barton a 75-74 advantage and Bulldogs held on from there. Junior guard Jeff Gordon (Woodbridge, Va.) added 13 points off the bench for Barton, who held a 50-37 advantage in rebounding in the victory.
Barton remains at home to take on Coker in a non-conference, regional game on Monday at 7:30 p.m., while Erskine remains in league play on Thursday, January 3, to take on Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C., beginning at 7:30 p.m.