Bulldogs turn back Tornado, 87-64

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The host Barton College men’s basketball team seized the lead early and didn’t relinquish it in posting an 87-64 NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas victory against King (Tennessee) University in Wilson Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

The third consecutive win vaulted the fourth-place Bulldogs of head coach Ron Lievense to 5-2 in the conference and 12-5 against all foes. Barton continues conference play at North Greenville (South Carolina) University on Saturday afternoon.

King was left with a l-3 conference mark and 7-7 overall record.

The Bulldogs utilized at least 15 players for the third consecutive game and five scored in double figures. Barton handed out 21 assists and committed but nine turnovers.

Jake Kakar, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, again found the range from 3-point land, hitting 6-of-12 attempts in drilling in a game-high 20 points.

Blake Burdack, a 6-8 sophomore, hit 5-of-7 shots from the floor and 6-of-7 free throws en route to 16 points. Burdack led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds.

Junior Michael Boykin supplied 12 points and a game-high 10 assists. Bobby Stenborg, a 6-4 senior, dropped in 15 points. Guard Zach Grant, in a reserve role, notched 11 points and five assists.

The Bulldogs, from the floor, shot for 48.5-percent accuracy (32 of 66) and outscored the Tornado 27-12 from 3-point range. King went 26 of 54 from the floor for 48-percent accuracy.

Barton enjoyed a 38-30 rebounding margin and the Tornado committed 18 turnovers.

Leading King was Justin Frazier with 15 points and eight assists. Frazier hit all six of his shots, including three from 3-point land. James Brown also tossed in 15 points and Mike Salomon bucketed 11. Jordan Young led with nine rebounds.