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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Struggles for the Barton College men's basketball team against NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference and Southeast Region opposition continued with an 86-73 loss to host Augusta University in Christenberry Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs of the Division II Conference Carolinas dipped to 3-5 overall and to 0-4 against Peach Belt foes this season with their second loss to Augusta (4-2).
Head coach Ron Lievense's Bulldogs return to conference competition at home against Limestone (South Carolina) College at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Barton owned a 54-51 edge with 11 minutes, 20 seconds remaining on 6-foot-8 sophomore Blake Burdack's layup. However, the Jaguars answered with the next nine points and the Bulldogs drew no closer than 60-56 on 6-5 junior Isaiah Reddish's jumper. The Jaguars' biggest lead was 86-71 with 44 seconds remaining.
In the first half, the Bulldogs scrambled from a 14-6 deficit to lead as much as 23-18 on 6-1 senior guard Michael Boykin's 3-pointer.
Augusta then spurted to a 34-28 advantage before Barton whittled the deficit to 34-30 at halftime on Burdack's jumper with 35 seconds showing.
Paced by Burdack, Reddish and 6-4 junior David Campbell, Barton opened the second half with a 10-0 spree.
Augusta claimed a 40-32 rebounding margin and shot for 54-percent accuracy (30 of 56) from the floor. Both teams went 5 for 17 from 3-point range. The Jaguars swished 21-of-27 free throws as compared to 16 of 20 for Barton. From the field, the Bulldogs hit 26 of 66 for 39-percent accuracy.
Spearheading the Barton attack were Reddish with 18 points, Burdack with 16, 6-6 senior Isaiah Buck-Lowman with 14 and Campbell with 10. Reddish, Buck-Lowman and Burdack each grabbed seven rebounds. Boykin handed out five assists.
Hitting 11-of-16 shots from the floor, the Jaguars' Rafael Monteiro drilled in a game-high 22 points. Darren Lucas-White tossed in 18 points and Troy Cracknell netted 14. Monteiro also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.