Barton routed by Shaw 110-89

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RALEIGH — The Barton College men’s basketball team, in its final 2017 appearance, was literally bombed out of Shaw University’s C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium on Saturday night in an 110-89 NCAA Division II nonconference loss.

Shaw’s DeVaughn Kelsie, a 6-foot sophomore, bombed in 12 accurate 3-point shots on 17 attempts in sizzling the nets for a career-high 39 points. Kelsie poured in 27 points in the second half, knocking down eight 3-pointers in a span of eight minutes. The 12 3-pointers are a program record.

The Bears of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association ended Barton’s winning streak at five games and extended theirs to six games. The Bulldogs of Conference Carolinas dropped to 7-5, while Shaw improved to 8-4.

Barton lost the 3-point shootout 39-33 as the Bears canned 13 of 23 attempts from long distance as compared to a respectable 11 of 22 (50-percent accuracy) for the Bulldogs.

The Bears shot at a blistering 62.2-percent pace in the second half and, for the game, drained 41 of 72 attempts for 57 percent. Barton wound up 33 of 76 for 43.4 percent.

Overshadowed was a career-high 25-point performance from Barton’s Jake Kakar, a 6-3 freshman. Kakar swished 10 of 14 shots from the floor, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. He was accurate on both free throws.

The Bulldogs needed 50-percent shooting accuracy to stay close in the first half. The first 18 minutes produced 12 lead changes and four ties. But in the final two minutes, the Bears went on a 12-2 tear that featured a trio of 3-pointers from Kelsie.

Ahead 46-36 at halftime, Shaw opened the second half with a 20-8 spree the first seven minutes. The Bulldogs pulled no closer than 66-51. The Bears’ biggest lead was 27 points.

Shaw emerged one of the few teams to outrebound Barton. The margin was 43-38.

For the Bulldogs, 6-6 sophomore Isaiah Buck-Lowman netted 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. Sophomore Michael Boykin managed 12 points. Bobby Stenborg, a 6-5 junior, wound up with nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Boykin led with four assists.

Shaw also got 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists from 6-2 senior DeAnge Stephens-Bell. Savon Goodman, a 6-6 senior, stuffed in 16 points and snared a game-high 13 rebounds. Krishaun Myers, a 6-2 senior, drilled in 18 points.

Head coach Ron Lievense’s Bulldogs next see action at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Virginia State.