ROME, Ga. (Jan. 31, 2016) – Over the past couple of seasons, the Sewanee men's basketball team has been known for balanced scoring a great defense. On Sunday, the visiting Tigers took that to a new level as Sewanee had all five starters score at least 12 points in an 80-65 win over Southern Athletic Association (SAA) rival Berry, Sunday, inside the Cage Center.
Freshman guard Cody Jones, who finished with 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting, led the Tigers. Junior forward Brody Stone added 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Junior guard Jacob McCullough added 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and five steals while senior forward Keshonn Carter finished with a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double. Finally, junior guard Clay Born added 12 points while making all but one of his attempts.
With the victory, Sewanee has a strong command of second place in the SAA standings with a 6-2 record. Birmingham-Southern remains in first place with an 8-0 record while Centre, Oglethorpe, and Berry are all now 4-4.
After a close start, Sewanee slowly built its lead after Jones hit a three with 15:47 left in the first half. The Tigers pushed the early advantage to eight after a layup by Seth Brown and a jumper from Carter.
Eventually, Sewanee led by as much as 17, 26-9, with another Jones three. Prior to that make, Sewanee outscored Berry 14-5.
Even after the Vikings scored the last five points in the first half, the Tigers had an 11-point, 36-25, halftime lead.
In the final 20 minutes, Sewanee did not let up. Berry closed the gap to within nine points, 45-36,when Blake Scherrman made a three with 12:47 to play. However, that was the final time Berry was down by only single digits.
As a team, Sewanee made a season-high 54.3 percent of its shots. That included a 53.3 three-point percentage. On defense, Sewanee limited Berry to a 34.3 field-goal percentage and 14 turnovers. That led to 18 Sewanee points.
Guard Caleb Johnson led Berry with 21 points after he took 21 shot attempts.