Bevill State’s Latrell Tate looks to shoot against Wallace State-Selma during Monday’s game.
Daily Mountain Eagle - Johnathan Bentley
By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Despite a stellar 13-point comeback in the final minute of regulation, the Bevill State Bears fell in a close battle with the Wallace-Selma Patriots, 79-73, on Monday at Glen Clem Gymnasium.
Latrell Tate led Bevill State with 35 points, five rebounds and two steals, while Nelson Haskin had a double-double performance of 16 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks. Anthony Brown also contributed a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.
The Patriots jumped-out to a 10-0 lead to begin the game before the Bears offense came to life. Bevill State was able to cut the deficit throughout the rest of the half, with Wallace-Selma maintaining a seven-point advantage, 40-33, at halftime.
Wallace-Selma stayed well in front of Bevill State for most of the second half, enjoying its largest lead of the day, 14 points, before the Bears made a dramatic comeback.
With 38 seconds in regulation, Tate was fouled and sent to the free-throw line — connecting on both shots to pull the Bears within a point, 74-73.
The Patriots however, we able to hit critical free throws of their own in the remainder of the contest to clinch the 79-73 win.
Bevill State (6-6) travels to Selma on Saturday in a rematch of Monday’s game. The Bears’ next home game will be against Enterprise State on Dec. 16.