Jan. 25, 2010
Rome, Ga. - The 2,000-plus Shorter College fans in attendance blacked out the Winthrop-King Centre.
The Hawks blacked out Berry College.
Behind a three-point barrage, a stifling first half defensive effort and 61 combined points from Ziyadah Carter, Jerrenda Wheeler and Marqise Wright, Shorter routed Berry, 88-60, in the latest edition of one of Georgia's finest rivalries.
Shorter (14-6) won its third straight and snapped a two-game losing streak to the Vikings, all while ridding the contest of any drama with early offensive fireworks.
Wheeler set a new season high with 23 points, knocked down 4 of 5 from beyond the arc and dished out 10 assists for the Hawks. He opened the game with a three and handed out four helpers in the contest's first 6:52.
After Corey Edmondson sank two free throws at the 11:55 mark, the Hawks had rocketed out to a 25-9 lead.
Wheeler drained three of his triples in the first half and his final trey as time expired in the first half gave the Hawks a 56-27 lead at the break.
The Hawks got another double-double - 22 points and 14 boards - from junior forward Wright, but it was the spirited play of Carter that gave Shorter the extra spark.
Carter enjoyed his best night of the season, turning in 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks while making 7 of 10 from the field. He scored 12 of his points in the first half and when Shorter did not convert on its first shot of a possession - the Hawks shot 60 percent in the opening half - Carter was there to keep possessions alive with two offensive boards.
Berry (5-10) was never able to get into an offensive rhythm, thanks in large part to a stingy Hawks' defense.
While the Vikings turned the ball over just three times in the first 20 minutes, they managed to shoot just 25 percent (8 for 32) and were out rebounded 26-14 in the frame.
Berry tried to speed up the pace with a full court press in the second half, but it had fallen too far behind, and Wright made sure Shorter kept its distance by notching 12 of his tallies after half. The Hawks' lead ballooned to as much as 33 on two separate occasions in the final 20 minutes.
Shorter kept tabs on Berry leading scorers Will Blackwell and Tim Miles. Blackwell, who came into the game averaging 18.9 points, scored eight of his 12 points in the second half and Miles finished with 10 points, five under his average. The pair combined to make just 7 of 18 from the floor.
Edmondson added nine points for Shorter, which assisted on 21 of its 31 field goals and made 10 of 18 from three en route to earning head coach Chad Warner his third victory over Berry.
The Hawks will return to Southern States Athletic Conference action when they travel to Cleveland, Tenn., to take on No. 23 Lee University on Thursday, Jan. 28. Shorter topped the Flames, 92-85 in triple overtime at Shorter on Nov. 19.