Warriors Unable to Hold Early Lead

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

Wilson, NC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Barton Bulldogs in an 82-67 on Saturday afternoon.

The Warriors posted a 42.4% field goal percentage and were 27.8% from the three point line in the loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday.  Jeremy Wert led the team with 24 points.  Wert was followed by Justice McCullough with 13 points and Jacob Smith with 11 points.  McCullough went on to lead the team with three assists and was followed by three Warriors with two points each.

Southern Wesleyan recorded 38 rebounds.  Justice McCullough led the team with 16 rebounds to give him a double-double in the loss.  Jeremy Wert recorded three of the Warriors five steals of the evening.  DJ Dobson led the team with three blocks.


Game Vitals

Final: Barton 82, Southern Wesleyan 67

Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-20 / CC 1-12), Barton (13-11 / CC 9-5)


How It Happened

Southern Wesleyan kicked off the game with a jump shot by Jalen Lowery to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.  However, the Barton Bulldogs tied it up on a layup by Isaiah Buck-Lowman.  Southern Wesleyan kept up the pressure on a three point jump shot by Jeremy Wert to give the Warriors a 5-2 lead.  Back-to-back shots by Michael Boykin allowed the Bulldogs to take a 9-7 lead, but a layup by Wert allowed Southern Wesleyan to tie the game at nine.  Jeremy Wert made a layup to give the Warriors a four point lead and make the score 18-14.  With just under nine minutes remaining in the first half, Jacob Smith took a pass from Justice McCullough and made a three point jump shot to put Southern Wesleyan up 28-25.  A tip-in and dunk by the Bulldogs allowed them to pull ahead, but the Warriors tied it up on a layup by DJ Dobson to make the score 32-32.  At the half, Southern Wesleyan was down 34-38 to Barton.

Barton kicked off the second half with a layup by Bobby Stenborg, but the Warriors countered with a three point jump shot by Jacob Smith to put Southern Wesleyan down 37-40 to Barton.  The Warriors continued to pressure the Bulldogs with a layup by DJ Dobson to put Southern Wesleyan down 41-44.  Back-to-back layups by Bobby Stenborg allowed Barton to stretch their lead to 55-43.  A three point shot by Jacob Smith allowed the Warriors to come back to within nine points of the Bulldogs.  Justice McCullough made back-to-back shots, but the Bulldogs continued to push ahead to maintain the lead.  Barton won the game 82-67.


What's Next

Southern Wesleyan will return to their home court of Historic Tysinger Gymnasium on February 6 as they take on the Lees-McRae Bobcats at 7:30 p.m.  They will then travel to King to take on the Tornado on February 10 at 4 p.m.