Barton men’s basketball suffers 95-78 setback to Virginia State on the road

PICTURED:  Barton sophomore forward Isaiah Reddish finished with 19 points in a road loss to Virginia State Monday in Ettrick, Va.  Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus
PICTURED: Barton sophomore forward Isaiah Reddish finished with 19 points in a road loss to Virginia State Monday in Ettrick, Va. Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus

ETTRICK, Va. – The Barton men's basketball team (9-5) suffered a 95-78 setback to Virginia State (9-3) Monday afternoon at the Multipurpose Center.

The Trojans put five players in double figures – led by Jalen Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio) with 17 points – as Virginia State pushed its winning streak to five games.  Brandon Holley (Richmond, Va.) added 14 points and hit four three-pointers off the bench for Virginia State, who finished with 12 treys in the contest.

Barton, which suffered its second straight setback, was led by sophomore forward Isaiah Reddish (Durham, N.C.) with a game-high 19 points on nine-of-10 shooting in a reserve role despite the loss.  Junior guard Michael Boykin (Clinton, N.C.) added 16 points and dished out four assists in the losing effort as well.

Virginia State jumped out to a 26-14 advantage midway through the first half on a three-pointer by Philip Owens (Virginia Beach, Va.) and never looked back.  Barton never got within five points the rest of the way as Virginia State forced Barton into 14 turnovers. 

Sophomore guard Jake Kakar (Boston, Mass.) also reached double figures for the Bulldogs as he totaled 14 points but Barton was hurt by its performance from the free throw line.  The Bulldogs hit just eight-of-20 (40 percent) from the charity stripe.

Barton returns to Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday when the Bulldogs host Lees-McRae at Wilson Gymnasium beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Virginia State hosts King on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.