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A promising start in Friday’s season opener for the Barton College men’s basketball team fizzled with a cold-shooting second half in an 84-75 loss to Young Harris in the second game of the 45-Second Classic in Wilson Gym.
The Bulldogs took a 45-38 lead into the halftime after making 48.4 percent (15 of 31) of their field-goal attempts and sinking 11 of 12 from the foul line. However, that turned around in the second half with Barton making just 13 of 37 attempts from the floor, including all six from 3-point range. The Bulldogs also connected on just 4 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Young Harris, just 10 of 31 (32.3 percent) in the first half, hit 15 of 33 shot attempts in the second for 45.5-percent accuracy.
Barton was also overwhelmed on the boards with Young Harris owning a 54-39 rebounding advantage.
Sophomore guard Michael Boykin, the 2016-17 Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year, and junior transfer Bobby Stenborg led the Bulldogs with 22 points each while sophomore guard Jeff Gordon added 14 points.
J.B. Charles paced Young Harris with 27 points while Antonio Wade netted 20 points.
Barton, the Conference Carolinas preseason co-favorite and No. 6 team in the D2SIDA NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll, will face region No. 3 Augusta in the final game of the 45-Second Classic at 1 p.m. Augusta was an 82-67 victor over Mount Olive in Friday’s opening game.