A late rally by Hendrix fell short Sunday as Berry College took a 63-60 victory over the Warriors in men's basketball at Grove Gymnasium.
The loss puts the Warriors (7-16, 2-10) and the Vikings (5-18, 2-10) in a three-way tie with Millsaps for sixth place with two Southern Athletic Association regular season contests left.
Berry led the entire game and took a 30-21 advantage into halftime. They led 56-46 with 5:22 remaining in the game, but the Warriors fought back with an 11-2 run over the next 3:20 and were only down 58-57 at the 2:02 mark. During that stretch, sophomore forward Luke Vance made three baskets, sophomore guard Andy Gram hit a pair of free throws and freshman guard John Ogle connected on a 3-pointer.
Viking guard Mac Whalen hit a 3-pointer on the next possession and Vance made another basket with 1:21 left, cutting the deficit to 61-59. Vance went 1-for-2 at the free throw line with 17.1 seconds remaining to make it a one-point game. The Warriors fouled Jonathan Abrams almost immediately, who made a pair of free throws to with 15.4 seconds remaining to put Berry up 63-60. The Warriors held for the final shot, and freshman guard Alec Conard’s attempt rolled out of the rim as time expired.
Vance led the Warriors with 15 points, nine of which came in the final five minutes of the game. Junior forward Colton Primm had 12 points and nine rebounds and Gram finished with eight points and a season-best five assists.
Hendrix will return to action on Friday night when its hosts Centre College