Kentucky State’s men’s basketball team rallied but couldn’t quite make it all the way back Monday, losing to Central State, 100-96, at the Frankfort Convention Center.
In the women’s game the Thorobrettes took an 81-74 victory over Central State.
KSU stays out of conference for its next doubleheader, playing at Wilberforce University Wednesday. K-State’s next conference games are Saturday at Lane College.
The Thorobreds had their seven-game win streak broken, but they stayed with CSU until the end.
KSU’s only lead of the game was 10-9 with 15:02 left in the first half, and the Thorobreds’ largest deficit was 15 points, 70-55, with 13:56 left in the game.
Four foul shots from Devan Crain and Quentin Henderson, a 3-pointer from Ulysses Thomas III and two layups by Brandon Darrett pulled K-State within four points at 70-66 with 10:36 remaining.
Five minutes later the Marauders (15-7) were leading by 11, 90-79, and their advantage was still in double figures at 96-86 with 1:50 remaining.
The closest KSU got the rest of the way was the final margin when Henderson connected on a jumper with 21 seconds left.
K-State’s Antonio Sullivan fouled Jarred Miller seven seconds later. Miller missed both foul shots and Henderson grabbed the rebound, but Central State’s Masceo Harmon came up with a steal to seal the win for the Marauders.
Both teams shot better than 54 percent for the game. KSU was 30 for 40 from the foul line, and the Marauders were 26 for 35. Central State outrebounded KSU 33-31.
Kentucky State had four players in double figures, led by Thomas and Crain with 20 points each. Darrett and Sullivan both finished with 14 points.
Rounding out the scoring for KSU were Henderson and Troy Adams with nine points each, Tryston Ford and Markus Montague with three points each, and Darrien Wilkins and John Gaston with two points each.
Henderson had eight assists, Crain had three steals, and Darrett blocked four shots.
The Marauders’ LaDonte Body was the game’s leading scorer with 25 points.
Kentucky State fell behind 6-1 at the start of the game, but the Thorobrettes took the lead for good at 10-9.
KSU was ahead 42-31 at halftime and was up by 14 points, 73-59, with 3:27 left in the game.
The Lady Marauders (6-12) pulled within five points at 77-72 with 27 seconds left but could get no closer.
KSU (10-12) shot 34.6 percent and outrebounded the Lady Marauders 61-48.
Shayla Moore had a big game for the Thorobrettes, leading all players with 20 points and 17 rebounds. Brieona Warner also had a double-double for KSU with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Style Harper scored 15 points for K-State, followed by Crystal Allen and Teeuntra Moore with eight points each, Nandi Taylor with seven, Ashley Huddleston with five, Labria Fulmore with four and Taylor Sanders with three points.
Central State, which shot 32 percent, had two players with double-doubles — Demitria Nunley-Lash with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Amanda Pierce with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Shakeira Lang finished with 15 points.