Barton men’s basketball flexes offensive muscle in 123-91 win over Lees-McRae

Junior guard Michael Boykin scored 17 points in the Bulldogs’ 123-91 victory over Lees-McRae Wednesday at Wilson Gymnasium.  Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus
Junior guard Michael Boykin scored 17 points in the Bulldogs’ 123-91 victory over Lees-McRae Wednesday at Wilson Gymnasium. Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's basketball team (10-5, 3-2) easily reached its season-high in points with a convincing 123-91 victory over Lees-McRae (5-9, 2-3) in a Conference Carolinas game Wednesday night at Wilson Gymnasium.

Seven players hit double figures for the Bulldogs including sophomore guard Jake Kakar (Boston, Mass.).  Kakar poured in a team-high 25 points and hit seven three-pointers.  Over the last two home games, Kakar has scored 54 points and has drained 15 treys.

Barton led by a 53-35 advantage at halftime but really mashed the gas in the second half, scoring 70 points and leading by as many as 45 points:  106-61 with 7:37 remaining in the game.  Junior guard Michael Boykin (Clinton, N.C.) added 17 points and senior forward Bobby Stenborg (Garner, N.C.) – the team's leading scorer – added 15 points off the bench for the Bulldogs.

Barton hit 13 treys and dished out 32 assists while 14 players found the scoring sheet for the Bulldogs.  Barton is now averaging just over 89 points on the season.  The Bulldogs also shot 66 percent (25-of-38) in the contest.

Lees-McRae, which lost its second straight game, was led by Quay Kimble (Shelby, N.C.) and Andrew Gardner (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) with 14 points each.  The Bobcats scored 56 points after the break but simply couldn't keep up with the Bulldogs.

Barton hits the road for the first time this year in Conference Carolinas play as the Bulldogs travel to Central, S.C., to take on Southern Wesleyan Saturday at 4:00 p.m., while Lees-McRae takes on league-foe Belmont Abbey Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., as well.