SEWANEE, Tenn. (Feb. 21, 2016) – In a game that featured six ties and four lead changes, the Sewanee men's basketball team closed out its regular season with a 61-57 win over Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Berry, Sunday, inside Juhan Gymnasium.
Sewanee ends the regular season with an 18-7 record. That includes an 11-3 mark in conference play. The Tigers head into next weekend's SAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed. Sewanee will play rival Rhodes in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday.
Sewanee's 18 wins are the most since 1997-98 season. It is also the most wins for the Tigers since head coach Bubba Smith arrived on the Domain.
Early in the game, Berry came out strong. The Vikings led by five, 6-1, after a three by Blake Scherrman. The Tigers answered back with a three from Cody Jones and a layup by Brody Stone. After Owen Jacobs scored six straight points for Berry, Clay Born hit a jumper with 10:59 left in the first half.
Later in the first half, Sewanee went on a 10-2 run and pulled to within one, 25-24, with 4:46 until halftime. Two minutes later, Sewanee took its first lead of the game when Keshonn Carter hit a jumper. From there, the score remained close.
After a Byron Turner tip-in with 45 seconds left, Berry pulled to within one, 30-29, to end the half after a pair of Jacobs free throws.
Much like the first half, neither team led by as much in the final 20 minutes. In fact, the largest lead for either them was seven points. With Berry up five, 54-49, after a Caleb Johnson three, Sewanee answered back with a dunk by Carter and a four-point play by Jones.
Down the stretch, Sewanee took a two-point lead, 57-55, after a Stone putback. After Jones grabbed a key defensive rebound on the next Berry possession, the freshman from Holly Pond, Ala., made both free throws.
Berry answered back when Scherrman hit a layup with 16 seconds left. Forced to foul, Jones then made two more free throws to push the lead back to four.
From there, Berry missed two late shots before time expired.
Individually, Jones led all scorers with a career-high 27 points. Carter also played well with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Johnson led three Berry players in double figures with 15 points. Scherrman and Jacobs both finished with 14.