It was another slow start for the junior, who didn't score until the very end of the first half. He came out with a different look after the break, pouring in 12 of his 15 points to help lead the comeback. Abrams also had four steals, two rebounds and an assist.
"Without him tonight we probably don't get it done," Coach John Groce said.
"Dude's a winner. He wins. I'm living with that."
Three stars next in line:
We knew he was tough. We knew he was strong. And we're finding out in different ways, Rayvonte Rice is a closer. He hit the game-winner against UNLV. And on Friday night, he came up with the steal and free throws that sealed the game against IPFW. Rice finished with a team-high 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, adding six rebounds and two steals.
"Ray's a tough dude," Groce said.
Bertrand battled foul trouble for much of the game, but managed to avoid a forced exit while playing with four the final five minutes down the stretch. Playing only 21 minutes, Bertrand finished with 11 points (hitting four of his five takes) and three rebounds.
Surprised? Don't be. Hill played nine minutes and scored only one point. But don't let the stats tell the story. Hill played well in place of Bertrand, pulling five rebounds and hanging tough on defense.
Previous players of the game:
Alabama State: Bertrand
Jacksonville State: Rice