Second-half surge leads Bears past Lions


The Bevill State Bears overcame a three-point first-half shooting blitz by the Wallace State Lions with a strong defensive second-half effort in a 84-72 victory on Tuesday night at Glen Clem Gymnasium.

Latrell Tate led the Bears with 31 points and seven rebounds, with Nelson Haskin adding 16 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Korri Edwards scored 13 points and Martez Brown recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Lions spent the first half on top thanks to near-perfect three-point shooting, leading by as much as 11 points before the Bears were able to cut into the deficit. Bevill State went into halftime trailing 43-40.

Less than three minutes into the second half, the Bears took their first lead of the game. 43-42 and never turned back — building a 16-point advantage with two minutes left in regulation en route to the 84-72 win.

Bevill State starts ACCC North Region play with a 1-0 mark. The Bears travel to Tuscaloosa on Saturday to battle the Shelton State Bucs at 7:30 p.m.