Ettrick, VA- The Big Blues went on the road this Tuesday and took on the defending CIAA Champions, Virginia State University Trojans. This was a very tough road test for the Big Blues, especially early in the season. Unfortunately, the team could not overcome the road obstacles and fell to the Trojans 74-49 and now are 0-5 on the season.
Bluefield State was real slow coming out of the gates against Virginia State. The Trojans defense was impressive, forcing 9 turnovers. That along with a really poor 9-27 field goal shooting in the first half really left the Big Blues in a big hole. But at half time Coach Price made some key adjustments and the Big Blues came out in the second half as a totally different team. After the mediocre 1st half shooting the team was able to turn it around and ended up shooting 32% for the game (16-51). BSC was also very impressive from the line going 12-15 for the game. Julian Hernandez led all scorers with 19 points. James Day was second on Bluefield State with 10 points.
Virginia State was led by Elijah Moore who finished the game with a double-double, securing 13 rebounds and 18 points for the Trojans. Moore's rebounding performance helped Virginia State be dominating on the boards, out rebounding Bluefield State 46-26. This gave VSU 11 second chance points to only 3 for BSC.
The Big Blues do not get much of a rest this week as they travel to Melbourne, FL Thursday to play in a tournament hosted by Florida Tech. Bluefield State faces Florida Tech Friday and then will either play Tuskegee or William Jewell depending on the outcome of both games. Then the team has to race back to Bluefield Sunday to get ready to take on Concord University in the Ned Shott Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled at 6:00 pm and tickets will be $5.00 and free for Bluefield State students with a valid Student ID.