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Ferrum Men Fall 61-53 to Berry

Brandon Reeves had 11 points, including three 3FGs.
Brandon Reeves had 11 points, including three 3FGs.

FERRUM, Virginia -- Ferrum College dropped a non-conference men's basketball game at home to Berry College, falling 61-53 this afternoon at Swartz Gym.

Berry (4-2)
Ferrum (2-3)

Nick Helton's three-pointer at the 16:34 mark put Ferrum out in front 8-5, but the Vikings used an 8-0 run to grab a 13-8 lead three minutes later. The two teams played evenly from there, with Berry holding a 29-23 lead at the break.

Four minutes into the second half, the score remained close at 38-29 when the Vikings began to build a lead. Drew Jones added a three-pointer and a layup and the margin widened to 14 points, 43-29, at 11:24.

Power went out in the gym with 6:30 showing on the clock and Berry holding a 46-37 lead. Following 10-minute break, in which the power remained out, coaches and officials agreed the game would be suspended. The teams shook hands, but power was restored so play resumed.

Kalip Jones had a pair of free throws for the Panthers, then Helton and James Smith Jr. knocked down a three-pointer each. Brandon Reeves followed with a pair of free throws and the lead was down to six points at 48-42 with 3:31 left to play.

The margin was never less than that, as the Vikings opened a 10-point lead with 30 seconds left after a pair of DJ Estes free throws. Ferrum shot 32% from the floor to Berry's 43%, and the rebounding battle was even at 34 each.

Berry: Micah Johnson 16 pts; Caleb Hynes 13 pts, 9 reb; Jones 11 pts
Ferrum: Smith 13 pts; Helton 12 pts, 4 3FGs; Reeves 11 pts, 3 3FGs

"Couldn't find a way to score today. Really struggled from three-point range, which has been a trend recently. I know our players, I know their ability, it will start clicking for us soon. We really played well defensively, too many offensive rebounds, but we played with purpose and passion. Proud of that effort. We have a lot of new parts and moving pieces within our team, we will get on the same page soon." --Head Coach Tyler Sanborn

Sanborn's team will be back in action Sunday, December 1, at Virginia Wesleyan University. The Old Dominion Athletic Conference game tips off at 2:00 p.m. in Virginia Beach.