SEWANEE, Tenn. (Feb. 3, 2017) – Despite a huge rally in the second half, the Sewanee men's basketball team dropped a 69-66 game against Southern Athletic Association (SAA) foe Berry, Friday, inside Juhan Gymnasium.
The Tigers have now lost three straight games for the first time all season. Sewanee and Berry split their season series with the Tigers winning in Rome, Ga., 60-58 January 6th.
For the fourth straight game, Sewanee fell behind in the first half. The Tigers made 45.5 percent of their shots however Berry's offense was even better. The Vikings hit 66.7 percent of their attempts. That included an 80 percent mark from beyond the three-point line.
With that, Berry led by as much as 12 in the opening 20 minutes. Ahead 38-30 at the start of the second half, the Vikings stayed hot. Berry opened the half on a quick 4-0 run before Sewanee head coach Bradley Pearson took a timeout with 18:16 left.
Over the next 10 minutes, Sewanee finally settled in. A three by Cam Caldwell opened a 13-2 run by the purple and gold over the next five minutes. During that stretch, Caldwell, Jorden Williams, Clay Born, and Adrian Thomas all scored.
Berry slowed the Tiger spurt when Blake Jones hit a mid-range jumper with 9:05 to play. However, Sewanee answered right back with four points from Williams and five from Born.
In fact, after Born hit his fourth three of the night, Sewanee led by five with 7:32 left.
From there, the score remained close. With 1:48 remaining Caleb Johnson pushed Berry in front by four, 67-63, with a jumper. Sewanee responded when Williams hit a long three with the shot clock running out.
The Tigers had a chance to take the lead again with 19 seconds to go, however a missed Born three, and a turnover, gave the ball back to Berry. From there, Sewanee was forced to foul on the ensuing inbound play. Blake Jones then made a pair of free throws before a last second three by Brody Stone fell short.
Overall, both teams shot the ball well. Berry made 51 percent from the floor. The Vikings also finished 6-of-12 from beyond the three-point arc. After a slow start, Sewanee's offense came alive for a 48.9 field goal percentage.
Individually, Born finished with 22 points and six rebounds. Williams added 14 points while Stone finished with eight points and 15 rebounds.
Johnson led four Berry players in double figures with 16 points. Tanner Spalding finished with 15 points while Coleman Ellingsworth added 12 off the bench. Finally, Jones pitched in 11 points in 38 minutes of action.
Sewanee will look to snap its recent losing skid with a 3:00 p.m. contest against Oglethorpe, Sunday.