Bulldogs flatten Tornado, 95-58, to reach 20-win plateau

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Another hot shooting performance led to another win for the Barton College men’s basketball team Saturday as the Bulldogs claimed their sixth victory in a row and 20th on the season, topping host King University 95-58. 

Barton, 20-7 overall, remained tied with Belmont Abbey for second place in NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas, both at 13-4. The Bulldogs will finish the regular season Tuesday at Limestone while the Crusaders are the guest of Emmanuel, which has clinched the regular-season title in the Lions’ first year of full membership in the conference.

For the fifth straight game Barton shot higher than 50 percent from the floor, making 33 of 58 field-goal attempts for 56.9-percent accuracy. The Bulldogs hit 10 of 20 attempts from 3-point range and were nearly perfect from the foul line, going 19 of 21 (90.5 percent).

Sophomore forward Isaiah Reddish, the reigning conference player of the week, led five Bulldogs in double-figures scoring with 19 points while sophomore guard Jake Kakar had 18 points, including five 3-pointers. Senior Bobby Stenborg and junior Isaiah Buck-Lowman each netted 12 points and senior point guard Matt Woods added 10 points. It was a season high for Buck-Lowman, who has been slow to recover from a preseason injury.

Barton, which never trailed, took the lead for good on Kakar’s 3-pointer less than two minutes into the game. The Bulldogs went on a 16-0 run to seize control with a 24-7 lead with more than 10 minutes to play in the half, eventually stretching it into a 48-24 halftime lead.

The Tornado (14-13, 7-10 CC) was led by Jordan Young’s 13 points.