Bevill State shot just 30 percent in the game and dropped a 64-55 loss to Itawamba (Miss.) Community College in a non-conference game for both teams.
“You could just tell neither team was motivated tonight” Bevill State-Walker College Rick Bolling said. “We couldn’t buy a bucket. It was like there was a lid on the goal.”
Despite an off night from the field, the Bears got within five points several times in the second half, but they were never able to close the gap down the stretch.
The Bears got within 54-49 with 3:30 left after an E.J. Hardy 3-pointer, but Itawamba followed with an 8-2 run to push its lead to 11 points.
Bevill State (14-9) fell down by eight points at 10-2 before the game was two minutes old. The Bears responded with a 14-2 run to take a 16-12 lead after a Hardy 3-pointer from the top of the key.
From there, points were hard to come by for the Bears. Bevill State was 21-of-68 (30 percent) from the field.
“I don’t care who you are playing. You can’t win when you shoot 21-of-68. You have got to put the ball in the hole. That was our worst shooting night,” Bolling said.
“The good thing was that we got to play everybody. I think they all got a good 10 to 15 minutes of playing time.”
Hardy led Bevill with 11 points, Corey Smith added 10, William Johnson put in seven and Ryan Ervin had six. Chris Key led the team with nine rebounds.
Leading scorer Ricky Sears, who was slowed by an ankle injury, scored just five points.
Bolling has already turned his attention to Thursday’s homecoming game vs. Snead State in a key Alabama Community College Conference showdown set for 7 p.m. at Glen Clem Gymnasium.
“I told the guys to forget this one,” Bolling said of Monday’s game.
“We’ve got seven games left and all of them are meaningful. Now we start the stretch run. We’re right in the middle of the pack. We want to finish in the top four and make the state tournament. That’s our goal. Four of the seven games are at home. That should help us out. You have to win your home games in the league.”