Vikings conquer Panthers in non-league contest, 61-53

Photo by STEVEN MARSH

Ferrum College junior Nick Helton, who scored 12 points by swishing four 3-point field goals in Wednesday’s 61-53 non-conference loss to Berry (Georgia) College at William P. Swartz Gymnasium, looks to make a pass to a teammate.

From STAFF REPORTS

FERRUM — Micah Johnson paced a trio of double-figure scorers with 16 points Wednesday as Berry (Georgia) College bested Ferrum College, 61-53, in a non-conference men’s basketball matinee at William P. Swartz Gymnasium.

The Vikings’ win is their second in as many seasons over the Panthers (2-3), who suffered their second setback at home this season.

Berry (4-2) led by six points, 29-23, at intermission, and outscored Ferrum, 32-30, after halftime.

The game was delayed in the second half because of a power outage in the gymnasium. Berry was ahead by nine points, 46-37, when play was stopped.

The delay began with 6 1/2 minutes left. After 10 minutes, the coaches and the officials agreed to suspend play and the two teams shook hands. Soon thereafter, power was restored and play resumed.

The Vikings held leads of 38-29 and 43-29 in the initial 11 minutes of the second half.

The Panthers closed the gap to six points, 48-42, with 3:31 left after a run of points that was produced by four free throws, two each by Kalip Jones and Brandon Reeves and 3-point field goals by Nick Helton and James Smith Jr.

But that was a close as the Panthers would get.

Berry led by 10 points with 30 seconds to go after a pair of free throws by D.J. Estes.

Helton hit a 3-pointer to help Ferrum build an early 8-5 advantage, but Berry responded with an 8-0 run.

Leading 13-8 as the contest approached the 13-minute mark, the Vikings outscored the Panthers 16-15 over the rest of the half.

Berry converted 43.2 percent (19 of 44) of its shots from the field and limited Ferrum to 32.1 percent shooting (32.1 percent).

The 61 points allowed by Ferrum’s defense is a season-low; the 53 points scored by the Panthers is a season-worst output. Rebounds were even at 34.

The Vikings held advantages in assists (12-8), second-chance points (12-7), points-in-the-paint (22-16) and bench points (31-19) at game’s end.

The Panthers forced 16 turnovers, three fewer than they committed (13).

Caleb Haynes scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds for Berry. Drew Jones added 11 points and Ethan Haslam passed out four assists.

James Smith Jr. led Ferrum with 13 points and Marcus Plair grabbed eight rebounds.

Helton netted 12 points by swishing four 3-point field goals and Brandon Reeves finished with 11 points, nine of which he tallied by hitting three treys.

Ferrum returns to action today at home against the University of Lynchburg. The ODAC contest tips off at Swartz Gym at 7 p.m.

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