The Bears traveled to Montgomery to face the JV squad of Huntington College Saturday, Jan. 12, for the final non-conference test before beginning conference play.
The Huntington Hawks gave the Bears all they wanted for a half of play before running out of gas in the second half as BSCC walked away with an 87-62 win.
A large reason for the close 33-26 halftime score was due to a large number of turnovers, which has not been a trademark of the Bevill State team to this point.
The second half would tell a different story as Bevill State-Fayette (9-5) took control of the game pushing the lead to as many as 30 points. The second half resembled a more common theme with stingy defense and offensive execution.
?We made too many mistakes in the first half.? head coach Paul Johnson said. ?We played much better in the second half. There are some things we need to get corrected before we start conference play. We will get after it in practice and fine tune some areas.?
Leading the way for the Bears was Terry Thompson, posting his second straight double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Also in double figures scoring was Tracy Thomas and Bo Amusa, each with 10 on the night.
Overall, Bevill State-Fayette shot a solid 49 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the free throw line.
A crucial two game stretch begins this week on the road against Marion Military. The tip is scheduled for 7:30 pm.
The second of the two games brings nationally ranked Wallace State-Hanceville to Fayette on Thursday. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a special pre-game ceremony prior to the tip to recognize the 2006-2007 Bevill State ACCC championship team. The players from last year will be on hand for the banner presentation.