Trying to end its current skid, the CVCC men's basketball team lost the lead late against Spartanburg Methodist, and eventually, lost the game in close fashion, 68-65.
The Bucs loss is their fourth in a row.
CVCC trailed at 36-32 at halftime, but a great offensive effort in the early stages of the quarter allowed them to pull back into the contest.
With 7:00 remaining in the game, free throws by Terrence Polk gave the Bucs (3-5) their first lead of the half, 55-54.
That CVCC lead grew to as many as four, but it quickly whittled down thanks to a persistent rebounding effort by the Pioneers.
Spartanburg Methodist regained the lead with just under a minute remaining with a free throw by David Lighty.
With a chance to tie or take the lead, a long three-point attempt by CVCC failed. The Bucs were forced to foul, which grew the Pioneer lead to 68-65, and a last-second heave by CVCC came up empty.
The Bucs return the court on Saturday, where they travel to face Louisburg College at 3 p.m. CVCC's next home game is next Friday at 7 p.m. against Wytheville Community College.