Berry Men Gain Big Road Win

Jonathan Abrams
Jonathan Abrams

CONWAY, Ark. – Jonathan Abrams scored 15 points and made crucial free throws at game's end as Berry College won at Hendrix, 63-60, in a Southern Athletic Association game on Sunday afternoon.

Berry improved to 5-18 and 2-10 SAA. The victory was the first for Interim Head Coach Derek Taylor in his fourth try. The Vikings' last road win was at Truett McConnell, 77-73, on Feb. 17, 2011.

Abrams was 5-13 from the field and made 5-7 free throws. He converted two from the charity stripe to give the Vikings the 63-60 lead with 15 seconds remaining. That forced Hendrix to attempt a game-tying 3-pointer to tie the game. Alex Conrad, who had just subbed into the contest, missed a trey with two seconds on the clock, and Berry prevailed.

Mac Whalen added 12 points and Jake Wright contributed 11 for the visitors. The Vikings held a 31-28 halftime lead, and led by as many as eight points in the second half.

"This was a great team effort tonight," said Coach Taylor. "The guys followed our game plan and did everything I asked them to do. Mac (Whalen) and Jon were big down the stretch. Mac hit a huge 3-pointer late, and Jon made two late free throws. This was truly a team effort tonight and I couldn't be prouder of them."

BC shot 50-percent (25-50) from the field and held the Warriors to 42-percent (23-55). The Vikings led in rebounding, 34-33. Mac Howard had eight boards and nine points for the visiting club.

Warrior Luke Vance tied Abrams for game-high points' honors with 15. Hendrix fell to 7-16, 2-10.

The Vikings host Millsaps College on Friday night at 8 p.m.