Cold shooting by State Fair helped Southeastern grab a halftime lead and SFCC’s second-half rally fell short as the Blackhawks beat the Roadrunners 74-59 Wednesday at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
State Fair shot 32 percent from the field in the game and 26 percent, 7 of 26, from 3-point range.
“We struggled to get anything going (Wednesday),” said State Fair coach Kevin Thomas. “Clint (Robinson) played a good game and made some shots, but other than that it was hard for us to get going. Give them credit, they did a good job of taking us out of what we wanted to do and did a good job of defending us. That’s our lowest scoring total of the year for us.”
Southeastern was able to hit its shots. Sam McDaniel was 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Dante Williams was 5 of 9. McDaniel finished with 23 points and Williams added 18.
“That was the difference in the ballgame was their ability to knock down some 3-point shots and our inability to make them,” Thomas said.
In the second half, Southeastern led by as many as 17 before State Fair managed to make the first of two runs. Joshua Bailey and Ryan Surface each hit 3-pointers and William Jones added a layup as the Roadrunners got within 10 midway through the half. But the shooting again went cold and a McDaniel 3-pointer from the corner pushed the lead back to 17 with 6:30 left.
State Fair made another run late in the game as Bailey hit a basket with 2:40 left and Ronnie Rousseau III got a steal and layup with 2:25 left to cut the lead to 66-59 but the Roadrunners could not hit a shot in their next few trips down the floor and Southeastern sealed the win.
State Fair spotted Southeastern an 8-3 lead before making a run in the first half. Robinson hit a short jumper, then added a pair of 3-pointers. A 3-pointer by Rousseau followed to put the Roadrunners up 14-12. But Southeastern finished the half strong and SFCC struggled to shoot the ball as the Blackhawks jumped out to a 42-30 halftime lead.
Robinson finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Roadrunners. Rousseau added 16.
It is State Fair’s final game of the semester. They open second semester against the same Southeastern Blackhawks team Jan. 9 in Iowa.