The Central Lakes College Raiders find themselves in unfamiliar territory as they fell to Bismarck State Saturday 84-81 to drop to 0-2.
Tyler Flugum totaled 15 points and Marcus Brown and Kevin Kuefler each tallied 13 for CLC.
The Raiders built a 48-30 halftime lead, but were outscored 54-33 in the second half.
The Raiders shot 49 percent from the field, while allowing the Mystics to shoot 46 percent.
“It was good competition,” said head coach Jim Russell. “Overall it was all really good talent wise. We played a lot better today against them. They have a good player in Malik Wood (who finished with 29 points) who also had a lot of assists.”
The Raiders did receive scoring from 11 different players as Russell looks to find the right combination early in the season.
“We are young and trying to figure things out,” he said. “This opens our eyes. I don’t think we have started out 0-2 ever before. It gives me an idea of what we have, and what we need to work on.”
Bismarck State 30 54 — 84
Central Lakes 48 33 — 81
DeWayne Liggins 15, Malik Wood 29, Kameron Wingenbach 2, Taylor Renberg 14, Justin McCloud 12, Jalen Finley 4, Jacob Knife 2. FG 33-71 (46 percent), FT 12-20 (60 percent).
Benji Subah 4, Marcus Brown 13, Andre Thomas 11, Nathan Holm 3, Tyler Flugum 15, Kevin Kuefler 13, Bryan Gichaba 7, Brandon Davis 7, Kahreem Horsley 5, John Jedneak 9, Herbert Tarpeh 2, Brent Koehler 2. FG 35-71 (49 percent), FT 7-13 (54 percent). Next: at Minnesota State 3 p.m. Saturday.