WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's basketball team (18-7, 11-4) took Mount Olive (11-14, 9-6) to three overtimes before finally prevailing, 105-100, Tuesday evening at a packed Wilson Gymnasium against its long-time rival.
Five players reached double figures for the Bulldogs – led by junior guard Michael Boykin (Clinton, N.C.) with 22 points – as Barton swept the season series from Mount Olive and increased its winning streak to four games. The Bulldogs also remained in sole possession of third place in the Conference Carolinas standings.
Mount Olive's Darius Spragley (Rocky Mount, N.C.) and Jamaal Matin (Virginia Beach, Va.) combined for 51 points despite the loss. Spragley led all scorers with 26 points and assisted on a game-tying basket with time running out in the second overtime while Matin added 25 points. Like Barton, Mount Olive also had five with double-digit scoring.
Barton sophomore forward Isaiah Reddish (Durham, N.C.) scored 19 points to go along with 10 boards and sophomore forward Blake Burdack (Melbourne, AUSTRALIA) came up big with a second double-double – 17 points and 10 rebounds – in addition to four assists as the Bulldogs were able to hold on despite a double-digit advantage in the second half. Barton led by a 55-43 score with just under 15 points left before Mount Olive rallied to force extra frames.
Burdack also hit eight-of-10 from the charity stripe and a free throw to break a 95-all tie to start the third overtime proved to be the difference. The Bulldogs shot 56 percent (40-of-72) from the field as well.
Barton hits the road for its final three regular season games starting with a contest against Lees-McRae on Saturday beginning at 4:00 p.m., in Banner Elk, N.C., while Mount Olive returns home to host Belmont Abbey Saturday at 7:00 p.m.