Falling behind by 20 points midway through the second half, Kentucky State's men's basketball team almost made it all the way back from that deficit.
But the rally fell just short, and West Virginia State College edged KSU 87-84 Tuesday night at the Exum Center.
"If we played with the intensity we played with the last 10 minutes, we probably would have won the game," KSU coach Thomas Patterson said. "The women's team wasn't here, and usually they play the first game and already have the crowd hyped up.
"We got off to a slow start," he added. "It was a valiant effort to get the score down, but it wasn't enough."
The Yellow Jackets led 47-36 with just 1:36 left in the first half, but KSU scored the final seven points to trail 47-43 at halftime.
That momentum was short-lived. WVSC came out and outscored the Thorobreds 27-11 to lead 74-54 with 10:36 left in the game.
Despite the lead, West Virginia State coach Bryan Poore wasn't completely comfortable.
"Kentucky State is awfully talented," he said, "and any time you play at home and that momentum and the crowd get going, it works to your advantage."
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