Coming off two wins last week, the Bears took the show on road to Americus, Ga., for the South Georgia Tech Classic. The Bears returned Saturday, securing two superb victories to push their winning streak to four in a row and their overall record to 5-5.
Bevill State 89, Coastal Georgia 65
On Friday, the Bevill State Bears rolled past Coastal Georgia by a score of 89-65. The leading scorers included Darrell Hicks with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting.
Tracy Thomas added 15 points, and Chris Tolbert, who shot 3-for-4 from 3-point range, finished with 11.
Joe Lastrape chipped in 10 points on the night, while Kierre Jordan dished out a game high seven assists to only two turnovers while playing just under 30 minutes.
Team defense was once again the main ingredient for the Bears as it has been during the four game winning streak.
Bevill State held Coastal Georgia to 32 percent shooting from the field on the night while holding the Mariners to just 3-of-21 shooting behind the three point line. Terry Thompson dominated the boards, grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.
When asked about his team?s effort, head coach Paul Johnson said, ?We preach the importance of defense on a daily basis. The guys are buying into the system and the results are evident.?
Bevill State 79, South Georgia Tech 66
Saturday night brought a major test for the Bears as they took on the home standing South Georgia Tech Jets in the late game of the Classic.
South Georgia Tech was coming off a blowout win versus South Doctrine Prep the previous night. By the end of the night, Bevill State had claimed a hard fought 79-66 victory.
The Bears were led by the 20 point effort of Thomas, while Thompson contributed 14 points in the win.
Kierre Jordan added 12 points and five assists while battling cold-like symptoms during the weekend. Adding a spark for the Bears was Bo Amusa, who had 13 points off the bench.
The start was not favorable for the Bears who found themselves down 20-11 midway through the first half. From that point on in the first half, the Bears outscored the Jets 27-12 to take a 38-32 lead into the locker room.
?This was a complete team effort.? Johnson said. ?We had all twelve guys focusing on the task at hand.?
The win evened Bevill State?s record to 5-5 overall. The Bears will be back in action Saturday at home against Southern Union at 3 p.m.