Tusculum men’s basketball rallies late in the second half to stun Barton, 91-87

Barton sophomore guard Jake Kakar scored 29 points and hit eight three-pointers in a home setback Wednesday to Tusculum.  Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus
Barton sophomore guard Jake Kakar scored 29 points and hit eight three-pointers in a home setback Wednesday to Tusculum. Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's basketball team (9-4) couldn't hold a 13-point advantage late in the second half in falling to Tusculum (4-6) by a 91-87 score Wednesday evening at Wilson Gymnasium.

The Pioneers' Donovan Donaldson (Nashville, Tenn.) led five players in double figures with 18 points including five treys as Tusculum ended the game on a 20-3 run over the final 6:53 of the contest in snapping a three-game losing streak.  Donaldson also scored the game-winner on a lay-up with 43 seconds left for an 88-87 advantage.

Tusculum's Tariq Jenkins (Riverdale, Ga.) – who finished with 17 points off the bench – wrapped up the scoring with a three-point play with 15 seconds left.  Donaldson was credited with the assist.  Tusculum also shot 57 percent (35-of-62) from the field and hit 13 treys in the victory.

For Barton, sophomore guard Jake Kakar (Boston, Mass.) led all scorers with 29 points and hit eight of the Bulldogs' 15 three-pointers despite the loss.  Barton junior guard Michael Boykin (Clinton, N.C.) added 17 points and senior guard Zach Grant (Richmond, Va.) scored 11 points and hit three treys but the home team let an 84-71 advantage with under seven minutes left in the contest slip away.

Barton next travels to Ettrick, Va., to take on Virginia State on Monday, December 31, at 2:00 p.m., while Tusculum hosts Belmont Abbey on Saturday, December 29, beginning at 3:00 p.m.