Melbourne, FL- The Big Blues picked up their first win of the season this weekend in the Florida Tech Thanksgiving Tournament. After falling to host's Florida Tech in the opening game Friday, the Big Blues bounced back and played an excellent game, defeating Tuskegee Saturday by a final score of 75-70.
For the first game, Coach Price switched his starting lineup around and started some of his younger players. James Moreland, Kenneth Brown and Greg Prunell all got the nod to start the game for the Big Blues. They were accompanied by the experienced seniors of James Day and Julian Hernandez. Of the starters, Greg Prunell had himself a nice game, scoring 16 points, 12 of those coming in the 1st half. Purnell was about the only offensive bright spot for the Big Blues in the 1st half as the team only shot 28% from the field and were down by 20 to start the 2nd half. But the 2nd half was a completely different story for the Big Blues as they came out and really shot the ball well. Joshua Windham came off the bench for the game and was really impressive. Windham scored 21 points and had 3 steals and 5 boards to end the night. While the offensive explosion in the 2nd half was a nice spark for the Big Blues, they could not string together stops to make up the 1st half gap against Florida Tech. Tech shot 53% from the field, 42 of the total 94 points Tech scored coming in the paint. Due to the inside presence the Panthers were able to come out with a 94-76 win over Bluefield State.
Game 2 saw Bluefield State take on Tuskegee in a battle of the winless. Coach Price reverted back to his typical starting 5 with all 5 seniors starting the game. These 5 were ready to play together as each one scored double digits. Julian Hernandez led the Big Blues with 17 points. Hernandez went 6-12 including 2 threes'. Joshua Windham followed up his 21-point performance with another 16-point performance. James Day also had a strong night, going 4-8 from the field and 5-6 from the line. Day also had 3 blocks and 6 rebounds. As a team, Bluefield State shot the ball the best all season going 22-48 (46%) from the field, 9-19 (48%) from behind the arc and 22-26 (85%) from the charity stripe. This impressive shooting performance helped BSC build and hold their lead throughout the entire game. The team also moved the ball very well, totaling 13 assists in the win.
Bluefield State will look to build on their 75-70 win tonight against Mercer County rival Concord University. This quick turnaround will show the true colors of Bluefield State as they have not had very much rest over the past 2 weeks. The game will start at 6:00 pm and tickets will be $5.00.