Coming off an opening weekend sweep, the SCTCC Cyclones (2-0) began the home portion of their schedule on Friday night versus the Central Lakes College Raiders. CLC, who was ranked #7 in the most recent NJCAA poll, was coming into the game 1-0 after beating Anoka-Ramsey at home on Wednesday night.
The game started out well for the home team, as the Cyclones raced out to a 51-30 halftime lead. The team was lead by sophomore guards Paul Coleman and Eric Racine who both tallied 16 points in the opening half. Freshman guard Tierre Davis came off the bench going 3-3 from the field including 2-2 from behind the arc. Overall the Cyclones made 9-22 3FG in the opening 20 minutes of play and shot 52% from the floor.
The second half provided a different story, after leading by as many as 26 points, the Cyclones cooled off from the floor and allowed the visiting Raiders inch their way back into the game. CLC would shoot 32 free throws in the second half alone, while converting 24 of those. The Raiders would control the pace of the game for much of the final 20 minutes, and get as close 3 points (94-91) with :20 seconds remaining. The Cylcones closed the game out by making clutch free throws when they needed it, going 6-6 in the final :20 seconds.