Led by a monster game from sophomore center Tom Jervis, the Bevill State men?s basketball team rallied for a narrow 73-71 win over Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College Wednesday.
The win allowed the Bears to split a pair of games at the Tallahassee Tournament to leave their record at 4-3 on the year.
Jervis was dominant in the post, with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. The 7-footer was 6-of-9 from the floor and 9-of-12 from the free throw line and also added six blocks.
Antonio Benjamin continued his steady leadership from his guard spot with 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and six assists. Jamar Livings also had two 3-pointers as part of his 10 points.
?Tom dominated down low against Tallahassee,? head coach Paul Johnson said. ?That is the kind of breakout effort he has been building toward all year. We will go a long way with that kind of effort in the paint. Tallahassee had no answers for him.?
The Bears (4-2) trailed at halftime 36-35 but rallied for the two-point victory. As a team, Bevill State was 25-of-53 from the floor, shooting 47.2 percent.
BSCC (73): Tom Jervis 21, Antonio Benjamin 20, Jamar Livings 10, DeAndre Coleman 9, Quinton Smith 8, Jerry Prudhomme 3, Robbie Cross 2.
Baldwin 70, Bevill St. 65
Bevill State suffered their second loss in as many tournaments to Abraham Baldwin (Ga.) College, falling 70-65 Thursday at the Tallahassee tournament.
BSCC (4-3) fell 61-60 to the Golden Stallions on Nov. 11 at the South Georgia Technical College tournament.
Livings led the Bears in scoring with 17 points, including a 9-of-10 effort from the free throw line.
Benjamin followed with 16 points that included a pair of 3-pointers. DeAndre Coleman was tops in rebounding with 10 boards, while Jervis was solid in the post with six blocks for the second straight game to go with seven rebounds and seven points and Jerry Prudhomme added seven points and eight rebounds.
The Bears struggled a little more from the floor, shooting 41 percent on 21-of-51 attempts. The squad was just 17-of-28 from the free throw line.
Bevill State trailed 37-33 at halftime.
BSCC (65): Jamar Livings 17, Antonio Benjamin 16, Keith Fisher 7, Tom Jervis 7, Jerry Prudhomme 7, DeAndre Coleman 6, Robbie Cross 3, Oliver Mansour 2