WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's basketball team (12-5, 5-2) continued its march back to the top of the Conference Carolinas standings with an 87-64 win over King (8-6, 1-3) Tuesday night at Wilson Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs once again used a balanced scoring attack with five players reaching double figures led by sophomore guard Jake Kakar (Boston, Mass.) totaling 20 points and six three-pointers. Kakar leads the league in treys with 60.
Sophomore forward Blake Burdack (Melbourne, AUSTRALIA) added 16 points and junior guard Michael Boykin (Clinton, N.C.) notched a double-double – 12 points and 10 assists – in the victory for the Bulldogs. Barton also forced King into 17 turnovers which directly led to 26 points in picking up its third straight win.
King's Justin Frazier (Carson, Calif.) and James Brown (Lansing, Mich.) both scored 15 points but the Tornado suffered its third straight setback.
Barton, which never trailed in the contest, took control from the start and raced to an 18-2 advantage just over seven minutes into the game. The Bulldogs led by as many as 28 points – 87-59 with 1:31 remaining in the game – and held a 38-30 advantage on the boards and hit nine treys in the victory.
Barton begins its near month-long road trip with a game on Saturday against North Greenville in conference action in Tigerville, S.C., starting at 4:00 p.m. King, meanwhile, hosts league-foe Mount Olive Saturday at 4:00 p.m., as well.