Bulldogs rout Limestone to close regular season

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GAFFNEY, S.C. — A three-game road swing to close the regular season proved to be no challenge at all for the Barton College men’s basketball team.

The Bulldogs won their seventh consecutive game Tuesday night and will be the No. 3 seed for the 2019 Conference Carolinas tournament following an 86-67 victory at Limestone College.

By closing the season with 21-7 record, Barton will be the No. 3 seed after No. 2 Belmont Abbey defeated top seed Emmanuel 98-93. Barton finished tied with Belmont Abbey in the regular-season standings and split two meetings with the Crusaders, but by virtue of Abbey’s win over Emmanuel on Tuesday, it gains the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament, which begins Monday with the quarterfinals.

Limestone heads into the postseason with a 14-14 record, including an 8-10 showing in league play.

Six players finished in double figures for the Bulldogs, with all five starters reaching the mark. Blake Burdack, Bobby Stenborg and Isaiah Reddish all had 13 points, while junior Michael Boykin had 12. Matt Woods, a senior, chipped in 10.

Off the bench, junior Jeff Gordon had 12.

The Bulldogs shot 33 for 69 for 47.8 percent accuracy and outrebounded the Saints by a 45-36 margin. Limestone made 25 of its 67 shots, good for a 37.3-percent clip.

After leading by five at 28-23, Barton extended its lead into double digits at halftime. Gordon’s 3-pointer with 5:45 before halftime sparked an 11-2 run for Barton that left it with a 41-29 lead at the half. The Bulldogs opened it up in the second half, peaking on Boykin’s layup with 10:44 to play for a 64-42 lead.

Evans Moreau led Limestone with 21 points.