BELMONT, N.C. – The Barton men's basketball team (16-7, 9-4) picked up a huge road win with a 111-98 triumph over Belmont Abbey (17-6, 10-3) Wednesday evening in a key Conference Carolinas showdown at the Wheeler Center.
Barton sophomore forward Isaiah Reddish (Durham, N.C.) scored a career-high 35 points – giving him 60 points in the last two contests – as the Bulldogs avenged an earlier home loss to the Crusaders in December. Barton is also now in sole possession of third place in the conference standings.
Barton won despite the play of Belmont Abbey's DeQuan Abrom (Washington, D.C.), who led all scorers with 45 points on 15-of-23 shooting and hitting all 13 free throw attempts.
Barton, who never trailed in the contest, took a 48-44 lead into halftime then scored 63 points after the break in route to its second-highest scoring total of the year (a 123-91 win over Lees-McRae on January 2). Senior forward Bobby Stenborg (Garner, N.C.) and junior guard Michael Boykin (Clinton, N.C.) both scored 19 points for the Bulldogs, who shot 54 percent from the field (40-of-74) and 55 percent (11-of-20) from the three-point line.
Stenborg added 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season as the Bulldogs picked up their second straight victory. Belmont Abbey's Romeao Ferguson (Burlington, N.C.) added 20 points and nine rebounds as the home team also shot 57 percent (34-of-60) in the losing effort.
In the next round of Conference Carolinas games on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., Barton hosts Southern Wesleyan for Senior Day while Belmont Abbey travels to Due West, S.C., to take on Erskine.