Barton men’s basketball wins on Senior Day, 86-63 over Southern Wesleyan

Barton senior guard Matt Woods finished with a team-high 16 points in the Bulldogs’ 86-63 win over Southern Wesleyan Saturday at home.  Photo courtesy of Bill Howard
Barton senior guard Matt Woods finished with a team-high 16 points in the Bulldogs’ 86-63 win over Southern Wesleyan Saturday at home. Photo courtesy of Bill Howard

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's basketball team (17-7, 10-4) made it three victories in a row with an 86-63 triumph over Southern Wesleyan (2-22, 1-13) Saturday afternoon on Senior Day inside Wilson Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs – who remained in sole possession of third place in the league regular season standings – were led by senior guard Matt Woods (Swannanoa, N.C.) with 16 points while sophomore guard Jake Kakar (Boston, Mass.) and sophomore forward Isaiah Reddish (Durham, N.C.) added 14 points each as Barton handed Southern Wesleyan its 15th straight loss.

Barton never trailed in the contest and jumped out to a 44-26 advantage entering intermission.  Barton then took off in the second half, leading by as many as 32 points at 80-48 with 5:26 left on a three-pointer by Kakar.  The Bulldogs shot 51 percent (34-of-67) for the game and held a 44-27 edge on the boards.

Southern Wesleyan was led by Jalen Lowery (Charlotte, N.C.) with 19 points and Jacob Smith (Anderson, S.C.) added 13 points but the Warriors were no match for the Bulldogs' depth as 12 players for the home team found the score sheet.  Sophomore forward Blake Burdack (Melbourne, AUSTRALIA) added a double-double – 11 points and 14 rebounds – in the victory as well for Barton.

In the next round of Conference Carolinas games on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m., Barton hosts its rival, Mount Olive, while Southern Wesleyan returns home to take on North Greenville.