State shot 27.8 percent in the half, while the visitors hit 47.1 percent and 53.8 from beyond the 3-point arc.
If you would have projected the final count from the halftime score, you would have almost nailed it. Nothing improved for State. If anything, the Cats dissected the Jackets' press so easily late it appeared as if they toying with the hosts.
"We handled [the press] pretty well," Rukavina said. "We've come down here before and not handled it very well."
It's a different time, though, for State and Poore. Standout Bo King has been out, although he's finally been able to shed his walking boot. Poore doesn't expect him back.
In sum, it seems like a long season is ahead for a Jackets team that's lost 119-59 to West Liberty, 78-59 to Davis & Elkins, 92-56 to Charleston, 88-60 to Fairmont and 90-58 to UPJ.
"The goal is, at the end of February, they play a tournament," Poore said. "The focus is on the next practice. We need to try and get better for the next game [Ohio Valley at home on Thursday]. We need to keep pushing forward.
"We're searching to find what fits these guys. I feel for them. They're better players than what they showed [Monday night]."