COFFEYVILLE, Kan. -- After finishing seventh at the NJCAA Tournament last March, many people had the 2001-2002 season pegged as a bit of a rebuilding project for Ryan Wolf's Barton County program.
But if there's one thing many observers of JUCO ball have learned in recent years is that the Cougars DON'T rebuild. They reload.
A new look Barton squad had all of its weaponry on display on Friday afternoon at the Jayhawk Shootout, rocketing to a 92-64 victory over an undermanned Fort Scott squad.
Barton led from wire to wire, opening up leads of 20+ points in the first half and extending the cushion to beyond 30 at times in the second half.
Jason Carter enjoyed a fine afternoon for the Cougars, pumping in 28 points on 10 of 14 shooting from the floor. Freshman forward Aaron Patterson turned in a typical yeoman's effort with 15 points and 10 boards.
Robert Whaley, the highly touted former Missouri recruit, added 17 points, four rebounds and five blocked shots in his Jayhawk Shootout debut.
The Greyhounds posted just two players in double figures, with trigger happy point guard Michael Davis netting 15 points and battering ram Gary Franklin with 13 points.