WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's basketball team (15-7, 8-4) kept its grip on a coveted top-four spot in the Conference Carolinas standings with an 89-83 home triumph over Limestone (12-10, 6-6) Saturday afternoon at Wilson Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs, now in sole possession of third place in the league standings, were led by sophomore forward Isaiah Reddish's double-double (Durham, N.C.) – a season-high 25 points and 13 rebounds – off the bench while junior guard Michael Boykin (Clinton, N.C.) added 20 points while Barton was excellent from the line in the victory.
The Bulldogs went 26-of-29 from the charity stripe, a 90-percent clip, and snapped a two-game losing streak in the process. Barton also held a 42-37 advantage on the boards in its first game at home after four straight trips away from the home court.
Limestone was led by T.J. Sheppard (North Augusta, S.C.) with 19 points and Jaquan Simms (Covington, Ga.) added 17 points but the Saints fell after leading by a 42-41 score at halftime. Barton, however, held the edge on the boards, 42-37, while senior forward Bobby Stenborg (Garner, N.C.) also reached double figures. Stenborg totaled 11 points in the victory.
In the next round of Conference Carolinas games on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m., Barton travels to Belmont, N.C., to take on Belmont Abbey while Limestone hosts Lees-McRae.