Following a spirited halftime talk from Poore, the Yellow Jackets responded.
"That's what happens when you have three guys that played last year," Poore said. "It's still a work in progress. That's what I told them. We won, but we're nowhere close to where we need to be."
Wood finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Although State was beaten on the boards 55-48, the Yellow Jackets appeared to play with more spirit in the second half when they outscored the Big Blues 47-39.
"(Coach) kind of snapped in the locker room at halftime about how many rebounds (Ouedraogo had)," Hutchins said. "That's unacceptable. We toughen up and get a body on him."
Hutchins was 12-of-22 from the floor to spark a shooting effort from State that resulted in a 51.5-percent showing in the second half. Phillips was 6-of-12. In fact just four players - freshman and former Nitro star Angelo Sirianni (0-3), point guard Demitrios Jelen-Joy (1-5), Rueben Berry (0-6) and Grant (0-3) - shot lower than 50 percent from the floor.
The Big Blues attempted one more shot than State, but was just 28-of-78, compared to 33-of-77 for State. Shakir Dunning and Geron Tate had 18 points each to lead Bluefield. Treon Claiborne, who slashed through the State defense for a one-handed slam in the first half, added 14 points. Remar Brothers had 12 points for the visitors.
"We were kind of sloppy in the first half," Hutchins said. "We just had to keep fighting."
State is back in action on Saturday when the Yellow Jackets play their first Mountain East Conference game at Fleming Hall against Wheeling Jesuit University.
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