The Statesmen didn't get the desired result as they fell to the Buccaneers 58-53 in men’s basketball action. With the loss, the Statesmen dropped to 2-3 overall with a 0-1 mark in GSC play. Christian Brothers improved to 4-1 with a 1-0 mark in the conference.
"There were a lot of things we didn't do well,” Statesmen head coach Jim Boone said. “We didn't defend the ball well, we didn't shoot free throws like we normally do and we had some untimely turnovers and some key mistakes in terms of defending their offense. With that being said, I couldn't be more prouder of the way these guys came out and battled and made plays.”
The Statesmen came out clicking on both ends of the floor, but a cold spell in the last few minutes of the first half sent the Green and White to the locker room trailing 33-25.
Bench play in the first half was the difference as the Buccaneers got 12 points from their reserves to only three points from the Statesmen's reserves.
The Statesmen shot 45.5-percent from the floor, while the Buccaneers shot 47.6-percent in the first half. Terry Leake led the Statesmen with nine points in the opening half on 4-of-8 shooting. CBU's Pat Graham led the Buccaneers with eight points at halftime.
With the Statesmen trailing 57-47 mid way through the second half, the team's defensive effort picked up to get the momentum going in its direction.
Leake got things going for DSU with a lay-up and after CBU's Cory McArthy missed the front end of a one-and-one, DSU's Brice Rowe knocked down a three-point shot for a 57-52 game with 2:50 left on the clock.
With 1:42 left in the game, Leake drew a foul on CBU's Michael Drake, but could only make one free throw for a 57-53 score.
The Statesmen got what they wanted when CBU's Harry Green was fouled and missed the front end of the one-and-one, but Cornell Knight turned the ball over and CBU took possession of the ball.
Following a made free throw from CBU, Delta State tried to get a good look, but Leake’s shot fell short and CBU got the rebound to secure the victory.
Leake led the Statesmen with 17 points and nine rebound. Jack Madgen scored 13 points, and Knight added 12 points with five steals for DSU. Graham and Trey Casey led CBU with 11 points each, while Sidy Sall scored 10 points.
Delta State held a slight 33-31 edge in rebounding but was dreadful from the charity stripe shooting 44.4-percent (8-of-18).
Delta State will be back in action Saturday at 3 p.m. at Miles College and will be back at home on Dec. 19 against Selma University.