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Pioneers Fall To Kentucky State

Kentucky State defeated the Pioneers in the first in-state NCAA competition for CU Harrodsburg.
Kentucky State defeated the Pioneers in the first in-state NCAA competition for CU Harrodsburg.

Coming off losses to NCAA Division I opponents Nicholls State and McNeese State, the Pioneers couldn't get back in the win column against NCAA Division II opponent Kentucky State University on Friday as CU Harrodsburg competed in their third NCAA game in a matter of five days.

Kentucky State University defeated CU Harrodsburg 102-66.

The Pioneers were led by Jamal Weaver's 19 points and eight rebounds. Anthony Ward would contribute 15 points and six rebounds. 

The Pioneers found their offense early, out-running Kentucky State in the opening minutes of the contest. Jamal Weaver's offensive attack to start the game provided an early spark, but it appeared as if the Pioneers simply ran out of gas in the final minutes of the first half. The Pioneers were outscored 59-30 in the first half, but bounced back in the second half to score 36 points against Kentucky State's 43 second half points. 

Three Kentucky State Thorobreds would reach double figures in the first half, taking advantage of the size mismatch in the post and the tired legs of the Pioneers. Grant Goode (15), Shaq Athie (13) and Kevin Wharton-Price (10) would combine for 38 first half points for Kentucky State. 

The bench played a big factor in the evening, as the Pioneers bench was outscored by Kentucky State's bench 41-19. 

With the toughest stretch of the Pioneers schedule nearing completion, CU Harrodsburg will look for an opportunity to recover over the break after a contest against NCAA Division II member Lee University on Wednesday, Dec. 11.