Barton has no answer for Limestone’s dynamic duo in 95-66 league tourney loss

Archived photo of Barton College sophomore Zach Grant, who scored a career-high 15 points to lead the Bulldogs in Saturday's loss to Limestone College. | Photo by Keith Tew
Archived photo of Barton College sophomore Zach Grant, who scored a career-high 15 points to lead the Bulldogs in Saturday's loss to Limestone College. | Photo by Keith Tew

by Benny Benton

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Barton College had no answer for Limestone College's dynamic duo of Shaun Stewart and Shaq Dance on Saturday at the Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Tournament, as the two All-Conference First Team selections combined for 70 points in a 95-66 rout of the Bulldogs in a semifinal matchup played at Pfeiffer University.

Stewart made 12-of-19 attempts from the field, including four 3-pointers, and went 8-for-8 from the foul line in a 36-point outburst for the second-seeded Saints (25-5). Dance added 34 points on 14-of-20 shooting from the floor and also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season.

As a team, Limestone out-rebounded Barton by double-digits, 38-23. The Saints also kept the Bulldogs, the league's top free throw shooting team, off the line. Barton (20-10) went to the stripe just five times in the game, making all five, while the Saints were 16-of-21 (76 percent) from the line.

Zach Grant recorded a career-high 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting to pace the Bulldogs and R.J. Claypool chipped in 10. Barton's leading scorer, Daniel Westbrook, was limited to four points, and the team's second-leading scorer, Michael Boykin was held to seven.

Barton led just once in the game at 5-4 and was never really in the contest. Limestone broke a 7-all tie with a 7-0 run double-up the Bulldogs. Barton trailed by just a single possession at 19-16 following a layup by Grant, but the Bulldogs made just two of their next 10 shots, opening the door for the Saints to put the game away early with a 20-4 run.

The Bulldogs never trailed by less than 17 points in the second half despite shooting 50 percent from the field for the half (15 for 30). The Saints shot 56 percent for the game, including 44 percent from 3-point range (11 of 25).

Barton completed its season with 20 wins for the second straight year.