Major disappointment

It was a night in which the ball didn’t seem to bounce the Bearkats’ way.Led by a dominating performance by Colby Bargeman, who went 10-of-14 from the floor for 23 points, the Northwestern State Demons (11-13, 7-3 SLC) handed the Bearkats (18-5, 6-4 SLC) their second home conference loss, falling 78-69 Wednesday night.The Demons got just about everything they needed or wanted on the offensive side, shooting 54 percent throughout the game, and making nearly half of their three-point attempts. “We’re not going to give up 54 percent and win. This team isn’t deep enough or strong enough to do that,” head coach Bob Marlin said. The Bearkats took an early three point lead from the game’s opening shot by Shamir McDaniel, but that was the only lead the Bearkats would hold throughout, and fell behind as much as 18 in the first half, before trailing into the break by 14, shooting 26 percent from the floor.”It seemed that in the first half, it was Murphy’s Law: everything went wrong, every loose ball, we call them 50-50 ball, they got,” Marin said. “They out-worked us in the first half. We need to play solid as a group for 40 minutes to give us a chance to win tonight, and we didn’t do that.” In the second half, the lead grew to as high as 22, but the Bearkats fought back and got the lead to as close as eight with two minutes to go, but the Demons held on. The Bearkats showed improvement, outscoring the Demons by five, 47-42, but the early game deficit was simply too much for the home team to overcome.The Bearkats were led by McDaniel and Reggie Rawlins with 14 points each, while Rawlins, McDaniel and Ryan Bright each brought down six rebounds.The Bearkats begin a three-game road trip on Saturday at Central Arkanasas, followed by trips to SFA and UT-Arlington. “We have to turn it around, and come back. Tomorrow is a new day,” Marlin said. “We have a saying: it’s never as good as it seems and it’s never as bad as it seems. “We played as poor as we played tonight, and got beat by a pretty good basketball team by three possessions. It’s disappointing, but we’re going to have to win the tournament in our league and we’re going to strive to do that.”

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