TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Barton men's basketball team (13-5, 6-2) continued its recent surge of late with a convincing 97-69 win over North Greenville (2-14, 0-8) Saturday afternoon in a Conference Carolinas game at Hayes Gymnasium.
Barton junior guard Michael Boykin (Clinton, N.C.) led all scorers with 21 points and crossed the 1,000-point mark for his collegiate career. Boykin now has 1,009 points. The Bulldogs also won their fourth straight game and have averaged 100.8 points during the winning span.
Boykin was one of four players to score in double figures for Barton. Sophomore guard Jake Kakar (Boston, Mass.) added 18 points and hit two treys – increasing his national-leading total to 63 – while senior forward Bobby Stenborg (Garner, N.C.) notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Kovi Tate (McDonough, Ga.) scored a team-high 15 points but the Crusaders lost their third consecutive game and remained winless in league play.
Barton put the game away by intermission, jumping out to a 51-22 advantage at halftime and leading by many as 37 points – 61-24 with 17:03 left in the contest – while shooting 50 percent (35-of-70) from the field. In its season sweep of North Greenville, Barton won by a combined 69 points.
In the next round of Conference Carolinas games on Wednesday night beginning at 7:30 p.m., Barton travels to Mount Olive, N.C., to face rival Mount Olive while North Greenville takes on Erskine in Due West, S.C.