That work will include searching for chemistry, a consistent focus and leadership, Poore said. Chemistry has been tough to find this season, as key players have moved in and out of the lineup due to injuries. One player who likely won't be a part of the solution this season is senior guard Bo King. King broke his fifth metatarsal after twisting his ankle in a preseason scrimmage and he's now out of his walking boot. Poore said King could go part-time this semester and part-time in the fall and come back healthy to play in the second semester of next season.
"There's a possibility he could come back at the end of the month or something like that, but I don't think that's what we're going to do," Poore said. "He's been out of basketball for two and a half months. And now you're going to bring him back for the last three or four weeks? That just doesn't make very good sense."
So the Yellow Jackets who are in the lineup must renew their focus for the home stretch, Ford said.
"We have to do a better job of running our sets, rebounding and playing State basketball," he said. "Right now, we're not playing State basketball.
"We're not looking back," Ford added. "We're looking forward. The time to be playing your best basketball is in February. Hopefully, we can turn it around in our next couple of games and get things rolling."
Poore said that quest begins when the team returns to practice Wednesday.
"They're better than what they were tonight," he said. "They're better players than what they showed tonight. They feel bad, but feeling bad's not going to fix things.
"I told them that, come Wednesday, if you show up at practice, you better be with me," he added. "If you're not with me, don't show up to practice."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.