By Matthew D. Stokes, BerryVikings.com Lead Writer
ROME, Ga. – After rallying to seize the lead, Berry men's basketball came up short against Southern Athletic Association opponent Rhodes, 63-56, in a Friday evening game at the Cage Center.
Rhodes improves to 7-5 overall and 2-0 in SAA matchups. Berry falls to 2-9 and 0-2.
After a first half that saw the team tally only six rebounds, Berry rallied from 13 points down to nab a one-point lead at 53-52 with less than eight minutes remaining.
"It was about just playing with some passion and more energy," said Berry Head Coach Jeff Haarlow. "I thought we moved the ball better."
In the end, Rhodes held on for the win.
Mac Whalen led Berry's offensive charge with 18 points. Mac Howard poured in a career-high 12 points, and Jonathan Abrams added 11 for the home team. Rhodes' Andrew Galow drained nine out of 11 of his field goal attempts on his way to a game-high 24 points. Theo Hartwell tacked on 14.
Berry will return to the Cage Center on Sunday afternoon in another conference showdown with Hendrix at 3 p.m.