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BELMONT — Isaiah Reddish, a 6-foot-5 sophomore couldn’t match the 45-point explosion from Belmont Abbey guard DeQuam Abrom in Wednesday night’s NCAA Division II Carolinas Conference shootout.
However, Reddish’s career-high 35 points gunned the Barton College men’s basketball team to an 111-98 triumph in a showdown of two of the conference’s top three teams.
In claiming revenge, the third-place Bulldogs improved to 9-4 in the conference and to 16-7 against all foes. Barton climbed within a game of the Crusaders.
Belmont Abbey slipped to 10-3 in the league and to 17-6 in all games.
Reddish, who drilled in 25 points and snared 10 rebounds in Barton’s win last Saturday, connected on 13-of-22 shots from the floor and drained 8-of-11 free throws. He pulled down eight rebounds and added four assists and two steals.
For the Crusaders, Abrom swished 15-of-23 shots from the floor and all 13 of his free throws.
Complementing Reddish were 6-4 senior Bobby Stenborg with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds; junior Michael Boykin with 19 points and five assists; and sophomore Jake Kakar with 11 points. Boykin nailed 4-of-5 attempts from 3p-point range and went 7-for-7 at the foul lilne.
The Bulldogs handed out 24 assists and shot for 54-percent accuracy from the floor.
Barton owned a 48-44 advantage at halftime after leading by as many as 14 points. The Bulldogs scored the first five points and never trailed. The Crusaders pulled as close as two points late in the first half.
For the Crusaders, Abrom was complemented by Romeao Ferguson, who fired in 20 points, and John Bowen, who netted 11.
Both teams lit it up from the field. The Crusaders shot for 56.7 percent accuracy and drained 23-of-27 free throws. The Bulldogs went 20 of 31 from the foul line and sparkled from 3-point range, knocking down 11-of-20 attempts for 55 percent accuracy.
Belmont Abbeh wound up a 36-32 rebounding victor, but the Bulldogs committed just seven turnovers as compared to 15 for Abbey.
Head coach Ron Lievense’s Bulldogs play at home in Wilson Gymnasium at 4 p.m. Saturday against conference opponent Southern Wesleyan.