Barton men’s basketball falls in close road contest to Erskine, 82-78

Barton senior guard Matt Woods scored 15 points in the Bulldogs’ 82-78 setback to Erskine Saturday in Due West, S.C.  Photo by Matt Proseus
Barton senior guard Matt Woods scored 15 points in the Bulldogs’ 82-78 setback to Erskine Saturday in Due West, S.C. Photo by Matt Proseus

DUE WEST, S.C. – The Barton men's basketball team (14-7, 7-4) suffered its second straight setback with a close 82-78 loss to Erskine (11-6, 6-3) Saturday afternoon in a Conference Carolinas game at Belk Arena.

The Flying Fleet put all five starters in double figures – led by Austin Venable (Homer, Ga.) with 18 points – while the home team shot 50 percent (32-of-64) from the field as Erskine avenged an earlier loss to Barton in December. 

Barton was led by sophomore forward Blake Burdack (Melbourne, AUSTRALIA) with 18 points while sophomore guard Jake Kakar (Boston, Mass.) added 16 points and hit four treys despite the loss.  The Bulldogs, however, hit just nine-of-27 (33 percent) three-point attempts. 

The Bulldogs held a 74-73 lead with just over two minutes left before Venable hit the game-winning shot and started a 7-0 run for the Flying Fleet and put the contest away.  Senior guard Matt Woods (Swannanoa, N.C.) added 15 points for Barton, who totaled 23 assists in the losing effort.

Barton is back in action on Saturday, February 2, at 4:00 p.m., against Limestone at Wilson Gymnasium in a Conference Carolinas game.  Erskine, meanwhile, hosts Emmanuel (Ga.) on Tuesday night in a league contest beginning at 7:30 p.m.