Needing a win to keep its slim hope of sharing a Jayhawk West title, the No. 21 Barton Community College men’s basketball team couldn’t take care of their part Saturday night at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena getting blown out at Pratt Community College. Barton led by two at halftime but a 13-4 run including eleven straight by the Beavers to open the second frame was a preview of things to come as Pratt would score fifty-two second half points. Barton cut it to two with 13:30 to play but the hot shooting Beavers went on a 13-2 run to stretch the lead to double digits and never looked back connecting on 9-of-11 beyond the arc in the game’s final twenty-minutes. Having already locked up the West’s second seed for the upcoming Region VI Tournament, Barton sees its win streak stopped at five dropping to 11-4 in conference play and 23-6 overall while Pratt improves to 8-7 and 17-12 on the season. Barton will wrap up the regular season on Wednesday as the Cougars host Cloud County Community College in a 7:30 p.m. tip at the Barton Gym.
Ahmad Walker led the Cougars with twenty points and four steals as only three Cougars reached double-digits. Scoring all of his points in the first half, Jalin Barnes finished with twelve while Tyrone Acuff finished with ten and Eddie Hunt led in rebounding with six.
Robert Davis’ twenty-three points on 6-of-10 from behind the arc led four Pratt players in double-digits. Taylor Schieber bombed in 4-of-6 three-points finishing with eighteen points. Trevon Evans scored fifteen while Khory Ross added ten. Evans and Deveino McRae led a twelve rebound advantage over the Cougars grabbing nine boards each while Evans also led the team in assists with six.
As a team Pratt knocked down 13-of-26 from beyond the arc while the Cougars struggled from long distance connecting on only 2-of-19.