CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There was a point in Thursday's West Virginia Conference men's basketball game at Fleming Hall between West Virginia State and Concord when they didn't have a game ball.
An errant pass from State sent it into over the railing and down the steps, into the hall where it was recovered by a fan with 9:33 left in the game.
Such was the way things went for Coach Bryan Poore's Yellow Jackets (3-3, 1-1), who failed to recover from the 18-point deficit at that point and dropped a 68-62 decision to the Mountain Lions (4-1, 2-1).
"We didn't execute defensively or offensively, we're not shooting the ball and we were taking bad shots as well," Poore said. "As a result of that, they're getting run outs, scoring and executing.
"We've been real inconsistent. We've played some games on the road where we've been really good, but we've played some games where we weren't very good."
This was State's first game of the season at Fleming Hall, but its seventh loss at home in the last 14 home games dating to a 61-55 defeat to Shepherd on Nov. 19, 2011.
For Concord's part, the Mountain Lions have won consecutive games in Institute for the first time since claiming three straight victories from 1999-2002 - Poore's first three years at State. Concord is 6-8 at State since 1999.
"Going in we had a game plan, I was really proud of our execution," said Concord second-year Coach Kent McBride, who is 3-0 against State. "The collective effort ... everybody rebounded the ball well. I looked at the stats, all of our starting five had at least two rebounds."
The Mountain Lions received 25 points from former Beckley star Damien Tunstalle, who used his well-rounded game to hit five 3-pointers, grab five rebounds and dish out two assists.
Eric Bailey - from nearby Westside High in Clear Fork, less than two hours from Athens, had five points and six rebounds off the bench. Gentry Shrewsbury, who starred at Wyoming East High in New Richmond, also less than two hours from Athens, had four points, seven rebounds and two assists.