Jacobs leads men over Columbia International, 80-67

Owen Jacobs
Owen Jacobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. --Owen Jacobs scored a game-high 28 points and had 15 rebounds as Berry College defeated Columbia International University, 80-67, on Tuesday night at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School.

Jacobs was 12-18 from the field, made 4-6 free throws and grabbed six offensive boards. His 28 points were also a career-best.

Berry improved to 3-1 and CIU dropped to 3-5. The Rams, however, led at halftime, 35-31.

"Our focus all year has been on effort," said Berry Head Coach Jeff Rogers. "I thought we didn't have that focus in the first half. I liked the way our guys came out and played our style of basketball in the second half."

In the final 20 minutes, BC shot 16-32 (50-percent) en route to the win. The Vikings held the Rams to 32-percent shooting (10-31) in the second half.

The game was a homecoming for senior guard Mac Whalen. He starred at Heathwood Hall before arriving at Berry. His father--Jeff Whalen--is still the athletic director at the school. He scored 12 points for BC. 

Lake Graham added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Vikes. Lee McLoud dished a game-best nine assists.

Isiah Reeves scored 18 points (on 6-11 on 3-pointers) to lead CIU.

The 13-point win for BC was the largerst since the Vikings defeated LaGrange, 66-50, on Jan. 31, 2011. Additionally, Berry won its third straight game for the first time since that same 2010-11 season. The last time the program won two straight road games? The 2007-08 campaign.

The Vikings play at Piedmont College on Sunday. Game time is 4 p.m.