Mac Whalen added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Vikings, who fell to 1-2. Emory improved to 3-0.
After a fast Emory start, the Vikings rallied from a large deficit to tie the score 31-31 at halftime. The Eagles led 31-18 with 4:06 in the half before the Berry rally. The Vikings — led by eight points from Abrams — scored the next 13 points to knot the score at the break.
The Eagles started strong in the second half, too. Six minutes into the period, Emory led 49-38 after two free throws from Michael Friedberg (12 points). The Eagles never looked back.
“Emory is a special team and extremely well-coached,” said Berry head coach Jeff Haarlow. “We can take a lot from our first half comeback, and build on it. We need to handle success better in order to reach our potential as a team.”
Emory led in rebounds, 37-35. Berry shot 36-percent (20-56) to 50-percent (32-64) for the home team.
Jake Davis paced Emory with 19 points and a game-best 10 rebounds.
The Vikings are off until Nov. 29 when Berry opens SAA play at Oglethorpe.