Kimiun Woods and Hassan Buggs each scored 13 points Thursday night, but Bishop State built a 12-point lead and held on for the win.
The Pirates scored eight points in a row late to get it to 54-50, but Bishop State was able to get to the free throw line and close out the game.
Buggs had 12 rebounds and Troy Campfield had 11 rebounds for CVCC, which outrebounded Bishop State 43-30.
But CVCC shot only 19-of-49 (38.7 percent) from the field and was a dismal 1-of-17 from behind the arc.
CVCC returns to action at home Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against Enterprise.
Thursday at CVCC
BISHOP STATE (55)
Chance Morton 14, Tony Wright 10, Chambers 9, Lacy 6, Andrew 5, Berry 4, Caves 4, Boykin 2, Ford 1.
Kimiun Woods 13, Hassan Buggs 13, Anthony Moore 8, Troy Campfield 8, Kameron Mack 5, Bickerstaff 3.
Halftime: Bishop State 30-21. Record: CVCC 9-9, 3-4 ACCC. Next: CVCC hosts Enterprise Thursday at 7:30 p.m.