MOUNT BERRY, Ga. - Berry downed LaGrange 88-74 on Sunday in the Cage Center, despite another career game from senior guard Bershard Edwards. The Panthers (4-2) went 1-1 on the weekend.
"Today's game was just a tale of two halves," said Coach Kendal Wallace. "In the first half we did the exact opposite of what the scouting report and game plan dictated. We came out with a different mind set and won the second half. It's hard for any team to come back from 18 points down.
"I was proud of our second half surge where we cut it to single digits but just ran out of gas. We are a young team, so there's a lot of learning going on everyday. Overall, we got better this weekend. I'm proud of my guys and where we are at this point of the season. I have to shout out my two seniors Bershard and Kyle,who both had a superb weekend and have really grown into leaders on and off the court."
Edwards poured in a game high 24 points, setting a new career mark for the third time in the last four games. Kyle Brown added 15 points. The duo scored 30 of LC's 44 second half points. Camerin Lyons add 10 points off the bench.
Berry (4-0) scored the game's first nine points and led 18-6 in the early going. The Panthers trailed 23-18 at the 9:47 mark of the first half after Gabe Cofield's 3-pointer.
The Vikings closed out the first half with seven unanswered points to build a 50-32 lead. The Vikings shot 61.8 percent in the half, making 6-of-11 3-pointers.
In the second half, Berry led 64-42 with 13:48 remaining. The Panthers chipped away at the deficit over the next 10 minutes. Brown's layup got the Panthers within nine, 80-71, with 3:33 left.
But the Vikings put the game out of the reach with an 8-0 run to go up 88-71. Tayshawn Pendleton's trey provided the 88-74 final.
As a team, the Panthers made 14-of-17 free throws. LC had a season low nine turnovers.
The Panthers play at Division II West Alabama on Tuesday.