February 18, 2012

Young Harris sail by Vikings 89-74 for 20th win of season

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Frank Adams led four Young Harris College players in double figures as the Mountain Lions recorded their 20th victory of the season with an 89-74 men's basketball decision over Berry College Saturday (Feb. 18) afternoon at the YHC Basketball Arena.

The Mountain Lions, who were 5-21 a year ago, improved to 20-4 with two games remaining on their season. Young Harris, which is 14-0 at home this season, plays its final home contest of the season Tuesday (Feb. 21) with a 7 p.m. contest against Southern Wesleyan University. Berry fell to 3-21.

"The benchmark of a good team for college basketball is 20 wins," said Young Harris head coach Pete Herrmann. "I think in 42 years of coaching basketball, I've only had six or eight accomplish that. I appreciate this group with all freshmen and sophomores. It's been a totally wonderful accomplishment and we can make it even better."

Young Harris jumped out to a 14-4 lead after a layup by Frank Adams with 11:55 remaining in the first half. The Vikings closed to as many as five points (22-17) on Nasser Almulla's layup with 7:16 to play, but the Mountain Lions pushed it back to double digits when Adams nailed two free throws with 4:35 left to make it 33-22. Young Harris converted 20-of-24 opportunities from the charity stripe.

Malcolm Jackson's three-pointer in the opening minute of the second half gave the Mountain Lions a 14-point advantage (47-33) before the Vikings scored eight unanswered points and got as close as six points (47-41) after Mac Whalen connected on a three-pointer with 17:14 left.  Young Harris again got the lead to double figures (51-45), but Berry got within four points (55-51) after a Kyle Wilson three-pointer with 12:18 remaining.

However, the Mountain Lions were able to thwart the comeback as they scored the next four points – a layup by Colin Cook and two Vince Martin free throws – and as able to gradually add to their lead. Their largest lead of the game – 16 points (89-73) – came on an Adams dunk with 23 seconds left.

"Colin gave us a really big game and Vince had a solid game with nine assists and just one turnover," said Herrmann.

Adams paced Young Harris with 28 points while Martin added 17. Cook and Bryson Robertson each tallied 15 points. Robertson also had a double double as he had 12 rebounds. Martin contributed nine assists while Robertson had eight.  Steve Viterbo had nine points and added eight rebounds.

Lake Graham had a double double for the Vikings with 20 points and 12 rebounds while Whalen had 14 points. Jonathan Abrams also finished in double figures with 13.