Bulldogs tough at Clemson, lose 89-80

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CLEMSON, S.C. —Behind 44 points from guards Jake Kakar, a sophomore, and junior Micheal Boykin, the Barton College men’s basketball team turned in a valiant exhibition performance Thursday evening, bowing 89-80 to NCAA Division I Clemson University of the Atlantic Coast Conference in Littlejohn Coliseum.

The Bulldogs of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas, playing an exhibition against a Division I opponent for the fourth consecutive year, led 48-43 at halftime. Barton’s biggest advantage was 10 points with 16 minutes, 54 seconds remaining.

Decisive for the Tigers, preseason ranked No. 22 nationally, was a scorching 25-of-27 performance at the foul line. The Bulldogs were 10 of 15. Barton, from the floor, connected on 30 of 60 shots for 50-percent accuracy.

Barton’s Kakar bombed in 23 points, knocking down five shots from 3-point land. Four came in the first half.

Boykin drilled in 21 points. Senior guard Zach Grant added 12 points.

The Bulldogs were accurate on 10 3-point attempts and their bench outscored Clemson 31-6.

Clemson’s Marcquise Reed fired in a game-high 29 points, sinking all 10 of his free throws. 

David Skara notched a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Clemson won the rebounding battle 37-28.

Barton tips off the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9, in Wilson Gymnasium against Georgia Southwestern in the 45 Second Classic.