Bevill State beats Enterprise 74-67

Bears earn first win since 2011

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 11/7/17

Bevill State is in the win column for the first time in more than six years.

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Bevill State beats Enterprise 74-67

Bears earn first win since 2011

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Bevill State is in the win column for the first time in more than six years.

Chris Freeman and Kenton Petties combined for 36 points to lead the way for the resurrected Bears in a 74-67 win over Enterprise State at Glen Clem Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

Bevill State restarted its basketball program this season after a six-year absence. The Bears dropped their first game back last Thursday in a 85-74 loss to Alabama Coastal South. But there was no denying the Bears on Tuesday.

“We desperately needed a win. We have three road games coming up and we didn’t need to be 0-2 at home,” Bevill State coach Tommy Suitts said.

“Our goal was to hold them to scoring in the 60s. We told them if we hold them in the 60s, I think we will win. I was proud of that. We made so many unforced errors and mental mistakes, but it’s still a big win for us. Hey, that’s the first win in about seven years isn’t it?”

Against Enterprise State, Bevill State trailed at the half, 33-31, but quickly took control in the second half behind Petties, who converted a 3-point play and knocked down a 3-pointer in the opening minutes to put the Bears ahead for good.

The Bears (1-1) led by as many as 11 points at 58-47 at the 7:59 mark after a Wanya King free throw, but Enterprise State didn’t go down easily.

The Boll Weevils got as close as three points three different times in the last 2:34, but Bevill State was able to answer each time. Enterprise cut the gap to 66-63 with 2:08 remaining on a pair of Jordan Burrow free throws, but King pushed the lead back to five points at 68-63 with a driving layup. The Boll Weevils again cut the gap to three points at 68-65 with 58 seconds remaining Freeman scored a basket just six seconds later to extend the lead.

Enterprise’s last basket came with 45 seconds left to cut the lead to 70-67. Bevill State finally put the game away with a pair of free throws from Petties with 12.4 seconds left. Freeman threw down a one-handed dunk at the buzzer for the final points.

The game was back-and-forth throughout the first half. Enterprise State led by as many as seven points at 15-8. Bevill State countered with a 12-2 run for a 20-17 lead. Jarius Williams and Petties each had four points during the spurt.

Freeman led Bevill State with 19 points, Petties added 17, King put in 12, Williams added eight and Woods added seven.

“Chris is just a star waiting to be born,” Suitts said of his leading scorer. “I told him when we recruited him that he was going to be better in college than he was in high school. The college game is more suited for him.”

Suitts also praised Petties, a Dora High School graduate.

“Kenton is the leader of our team. He does positive things in practice and supports the coaches,” Suitts said. “Kenton hasn’t played a game in three and a half years. It’s going to take a minute, but he’s doing remarkably well under the circumstances.”

For Enterprise, Kainon Pouncey had 12 points, Malik Hunt put in 11 and Kingston Frazier added 10.

Bevill State plays at Coastal Alabama East in Brewton on Saturday before playing a pair of games in Panama City next weekend. The next home game is Nov. 21.