Men's Basketball Closes Historic Season, Falls to Sewanee in SAA Semifinals

Men's Basketball Closes Historic Season, Falls to Sewanee in SAA Semifinals

DANVILLE, Ky. — The Berry College men's basketball team closed the book on the team's historic 2018-19 campaign on Saturday night, falling to the Sewanee Tigers 70-63 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) tournament semifinals.

Berry ends the year 19-7 overall, tying the team's best record since the 2008-09 season. Sewanee advanced to the SAA title game against Centre, improving to 21-6.

The Vikings were led by another double-double from Elijah Hirsh. The senior scored 24 points on 7-for-16 shooting and collected 11 rebounds. Quinn Atkinson also added double-digits off the bench, scoring 11. 

Myles Moore, in his final game as a Viking, set the team's NCAA DIII era single-season record for steals with 53 on the year. 

Sewanee controlled the opening half, outscoring Berry 35-24. The Vikings were held to just 29.6% shooting in the opening period, and were just 1-for-12 from range. Berry found some rhythm in the second half to outscore the Tigers, as the team shot 37.5% from the floor and 30.8% from three-point range. For the game, Berry left nine points at the charity stripe.