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GREENWOOD, S.C. — After falling behind by 20 points in the second half of Tuesday night’s nonconference men’s basketball game, Barton College rallied before falling 93-84 to host Lander University, ending a three-game winning streak for the Bulldogs (3-4).
Barton trailed 58-38 with 17:41 to play in the second half when Lander’s Elijah Alston swished a 3-pointer. The NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Bulldogs dug in and cut the lead to 62-44 with 13:19 remaining, eventually narrowing the margin to five points on three occasions. Down 86-81 with 1:51 to play, Isaiah Reddish snatched a rebound off a miss by Lander’s Tyler Brevard but couldn’t his layup attempt to fall at the other end. The Div. II Peach Belt Conference Bearcats (5-2), seized the rebound, then hit 5-of-7 free-throw attempts to put away the game.
Reddish led Barton with 21 points off the bench in his first game back after missing the last two games with an injury. He and David Campbell, who had 12 points, led Barton with seven rebounds each. The Bulldogs only collected 30 rebounds to 38 by Lander, but outrebounded the Bearcats 19-13 in the second half.
Senior Michael Boykin had 16 points and classmate Isaiah Buck-Lowman bucketed 15 points for Barton, which also got 14 points from freshman guard Jayson Robinson.
Tyler Brevard paced the Bearcats with 26 points while Deon Berrien netted 17 points. DaJuan Moorer added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bearcats connected on 53.3% of their shots from the floor and went 8 of 24 (33.3%) from 3-point range. Barton, which committed 22 turnovers, hit just 43.8% (28 of 64) from the field and made 7 of 19 (36.8%) from behind the arc.
The Bulldogs head south again Saturday when they visit another Peach Belt foe in Augusta (Georgia) University at noon. Barton lost to the Jaguars (2-2) 88-85 in the second day of the 45-Second Classic on Nov. 9 at Wilson Gym.