CENTRAL, S.C. – The Barton men's basketball team (11-5, 4-2) continued its hot streak to start the new calendar year with its second straight victory, 96-70 over Southern Wesleyan (2-12, 1-4), Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas action at Tysinger Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs showed tremendous scoring balance with six players reaching double figures – led by senior guard Matt Woods (Swannanoa, N.C.) with 17 points – while sophomore guard Jake Kakar (Boston, Mass.) added 14 points as Barton shot 63 percent (36-of-57) from the field in the win.
Barton rolled to a 56-29 halftime advantage and led by as many as 36 points – 96-60 with 5:16 left on a lay-up by Woods – before the Warriors scored the final 10 points of the contest. Junior guard Michael Boykin (Clinton, N.C.) and senior forward Blake Burdack (Melbourne, AUSTRALIA) added 12 points each for the Bulldogs, who hit 12 treys and held a 38-22 advantage in rebounding in the contest.
Southern Wesleyan, which suffered its fifth consecutive loss, was led by Jalen Lowery (Charlotte, N.C.) with a game-high 23 points while Christian McLean (Atlanta, Ga.) added 15 points in the setback. The Warriors, however, couldn't keep up with the hot-shooting Bulldogs. Barton was playing its first league game on the road after five conference contests to begin at the year at home.
Barton returns home to take on King (Tenn.) University in a Conference Carolinas contest on Tuesday night beginning at 7:30 p.m., at Wilson Gymnasium while Southern Wesleyan hosts Limestone Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., as well.