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Balanced attack carries Bulldogs past Trojans

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Isaiah Reddish and company left no doubt before a home crowd on Wednesday night as the Barton College men’s basketball team led from tipoff to final buzzer in an 84-61 Conference Carolinas victory over archrival Mount Olive on Wednesday night.

Reddish scored 27 points and added seven rebounds and three assists to lead the Bulldogs to their fifth straight conference victory, this time holding the Trojans to the second-fewest points of any opponent this season.

Michael Boykin added 18 points and eight rebounds, while Blake Burdack contributed an efficient 13-point, 13-rebound double-double on 5-for-9 shooting in 30 minutes of play.

The box score for Mount Olive provided a stark contrast. While nine players scored, just one — Darius Spragley with 11 points — reached the 10-point threshold.

The Bulldogs began the game on a 5-0 run and never looked back, exploding for 48 points in the first half. Midway through that half, Barton went on a 10-0 run, then a 9-0 run minutes later to start to pull away by more than 20 points.

Up 26 at the start of the second half, the Bulldogs didn’t give up much ground the rest of the way.

The Trojans were outrebounded by 10 and shot just 29.5% from the field, making just 18 of 61 shots. Meanwhile, Barton compiled a nearly 50% clip in a solid offensive showing.

After the win, the Bulldogs are starting to pile together a prolonged run toward the end of the regular season. The program will host Southern Wesleyan for the final conference game of the season on Saturday at 4 p.m.

MOUNT OLIVE (61)

Brown 8, Hughes 5, Spragley 11, Robinson 6, Mebane 5, Signal 7, Phifer 6, Treakle 9, Gainey 4.

BARTON (84)

Boykin 18, Budack 13, Savage 3, Gordon 8, Reddish 27, Robinson 4, Campbell 6, Scoggins 2, Hudson 3.

Score by periods:

Mount Olive 22 39 — 61

Barton 48 36 — 84

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