Short-handed Bears take down Lawson

Bevill trio combines for 54 points

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 2/5/18

Facing the adversity of a depleted roster and a tough opponent, the Bevill State Bears responded with an outstanding effort to beat the Lawson State Cougars, 66-63, on Monday night at Glen Clem Gymnasium.

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Short-handed Bears take down Lawson

Bevill trio combines for 54 points

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Facing the adversity of a depleted roster and a tough opponent, the Bevill State Bears responded with an outstanding effort to beat the Lawson State Cougars, 66-63, on Monday night at Glen Clem Gymnasium.

With a starting roster of just six players, the Bears relied on the trio of Dalon Evans, Wanya King and Marcus Reese for leadership. Evans had 24 points, with King contributing 20 points and eight rebounds. Reese scored 10 points with seven rebounds and three steals.

“This game wasn’t won by jump shots, free throws, passes or rebounds — it was won with heart and composure. I told our guys when we made mistakes to just keep playing and working hard,” Bevill head coach Tommy Suitts said. “I don’t know what moved us, but everyone — coaches and players — got in the game and what we saw was a testament to guts and determination.”

Down 6-2 in the opening minutes of the first period, the Bears went on an 11-0 run to take control, 13-6.

Bevill State maintained command through the remainder of the first period until Lawson broke a 29-29 tie with a basket to lead 31-29 at the half.

Midway through the second period, the Bears grabbed a 51-49 lead and never lost control again — outscoring the Cougars 37-32 en route to the 66-63 victory.

Bevill (8-14 overall, 3-5 in Alabama Community College Conference play) travels to Marion on Saturday to face the hosting Marion Military Institute Tigers at 3 p.m. in another North Division matchup.

With the loss, Lawson State fell to 10-13 overall and 4-4 in conference play.

The Bears close the season with four of their last five games on the road. The final home game comes on Monday against Southern Union.