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CHAPEL HILL — The 2017-18 Barton College men’s basketball team was unveiled in a 91-80 exhibition loss to defending NCAA Division I champion North Carolina in the Dean Smith Center on Friday night.
The Bulldogs of the Division II Conference Carolinas managed four ties and two leads against the Tar Heels.
Trailing 81-60 with just under five minutes remaining, Barton pulled as close as 89-78 on a jumper by returning sophomore Jeff Gordon with 49 seconds remaining. After a Carolina bucket, Barton’s Trey Scoggins, a freshman from Louisburg, concluded the scoring.
Bobby Stenborg, a junior transfer from Brunswick Community College, paced four Barton scorers in double figures with 15 points. Returnees Gordon, Michael Boykin and Matt Woods each netted 13 points.
Triggering the Tar Heels offense were Luke Maye with 18 points, Theo Pinson with 14, Garrison Brooks with 13 and Cameron Johnson with 11. Twelve Tar Heels scored.
A bigger Carolina team recorded a 57-37 rebounding margin as Maye grabbed 11 missed shots and Brooks nine. Top Barton rebounders were Stenborg with seven and Gordon with six.
The Bulldogs outscored Carolina 36-9 from 3-point range, but the Heels connected on 36 of 77 shots from the floor (46.8) percent accuracy as compared to 29 of 76 and 38 percent for the Bulldogs.
Carolina outscored Barton 64-26 in the paint and 16-2 on fastbreak points.