BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - The Blues had not played a game since November 23, but showed little rust in a 94-87 win over King.
The first half was a back-and-forth shootout, as a late Taj-Maal Toney putback gave Bluefield State a 45-44 edge at the break.
Derrick Price's squad came out firing in the second half, building the lead to a solid seven points with 6:32 to play. However, an MJ Foust three-point play clawed the visitors back to within a point.
But, the aggressive offensive plan of the Blues prevailed. They wracked up 54 points in the paint throughout the night.
Toney and Marquez Cooper each had 20 points to lead BSC. Alex Nunnally pounded out a 16-point, 17-rebound double-double.
"We don't hit a lot of shots. Especially not from the outside, we're a lot better when we attack inside-out," Price said after the game. "No matter if that's throwing it into the paint or driving. I think we have a bunch of guys who can drive the ball to the basket -- and that was our point. We just wanted to attack those guys off the dribble and it worked out tonight -- hopefully it can work out tomorrow."
The two teams meet again in Bristol for a 4 p.m. tip-off on Saturday.