Slow start costs Bears in loss to Greyhounds

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 1/6/18

Bevill State fell behind by double digits in the opening minutes and was never able to catch Arkansas State Mid-South as the Greyhounds earned a 70-63 win at Glen Clem Gymnasium on Saturday.

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Slow start costs Bears in loss to Greyhounds

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Bevill State fell behind by double digits in the opening minutes and was never able to catch Arkansas State Mid-South as the Greyhounds earned a 70-63 win at Glen Clem Gymnasium on Saturday.

The Bears didn’t go down without a fight, getting as close as four points in the closing minutes before Arkansas State Mid-South finally sealed the game at the free throw line in the final 22 seconds.

“We missed shots and had a turnover outbreak. We dug ourselves a hole,” Bevill State coach Tommy Suitts said. “Somebody made one 3-pointer and that knocked the lid off, then we got on a roll.

“The last 30 minutes is the best we played. This gives us something to build on, something to get excited about going into conference play.”

Bevill State (5-8) opens Alabama Community College Conference play at Lawson State on Tuesday.

On Saturday, Arkansas State Mid-South jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first seven minutes.

Bevill State’s Wanya King connected on the Bears’ first 3-pointer with 11 minutes left. Omar Bartholomew followed with another long-range basket to cut the lead to 16-8, but the Greyhounds responded with a 10-1 run for a 26-9 advantage.

The Bears cut the gap to six, 29-23, after 3-pointers from Collin Woods, King and Evans. The Greyhounds closed the half with a 5-0 spurt for a 34-23 halftime lead.

Arkansas State Mid-South led by as many as 15 points in the second half, taking a 59-44 lead with 9:30 left, but the Bears wouldn’t go away.

Evans made the score 67-63 with two free throws at the 1:15 mark, but the Bears were unable to get any closer.

Evans led the Bears with 23 points, King had 17 and Earnest Medlock put in eight.

Suitts said the addition of Evans, who sat out the first half of the season, and Petties, who missed the bulk of the first half of the season due to injury, has bolstered his roster.

“Getting Kenton back from his broke hand gives us so much leadership and defensive ability,” Suitts said. “Dalon Evans is just an exceptional basketball player. He’s good in any league, anywhere. If we just keep going, we’ll be all right.”