Barton powers by Mount Olive, 91-79, for fifth straight victory in men’s basketball

Barton senior forward Bobby Stenborg finished with 12 points and nine rebounds in a 91-79 victory over Mount Olive Wednesday in Mount Olive, N.C.  Photo courtesy of Bill Howard
Barton senior forward Bobby Stenborg finished with 12 points and nine rebounds in a 91-79 victory over Mount Olive Wednesday in Mount Olive, N.C. Photo courtesy of Bill Howard

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The Barton men's basketball team (14-5, 7-2) picked up a huge Conference Carolinas road win with a 91-79 triumph over Mount Olive (6-11, 5-3) Wednesday evening at Kornegay Arena.

Barton junior guard Michael Boykin (Clinton, N.C.) led the visitors with 20 points while sophomore guard Jake Kakar (Boston, Mass.) added 17 points as the Bulldogs remained perfect on the road against league competition as their month-long road trip's success continues.  With the victory, Barton increased its winning streak to five games and now sits alone in third place in the league standings.

The Trojans' Cameron Robinson (Woodbridge, Va.) led all scorers with 21 points in addition to four treys while Mount Olive hit 12 three-pointers in the contest despite the loss.  Mount Olive, however, suffered its second consecutive setback.

Barton led by a 43-35 score at intermission before pushing its lead to as many as 16 points – 62-46 with 14:30 remaining on a lay-up by Boykin – before Mount Olive began to rally.  The Trojans cut the lead to four points at 79-75 with just over four minutes left but couldn't get any closer.  A pair of free throws by Boykin started a 5-0 run and the Bulldogs were able to put it away.

Senior forward Bobby Stenborg (Garner, N.C.) and senior guard Zach Grant (Richmond, Va.) added 12 points each for the Bulldogs, who shot 60 percent (37-of-62) from the field and held a 38-22 advantage on the boards in the win.

Barton remains on the road to take on Emmanuel (Ga.) in Franklin Springs, Ga., on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., in a league game while Mount Olive remains at home to face Lees-McRae Saturday beginning at 4:00 p.m., as well.