DULUTH -  St. Cloud State men's basketball team  lost (2-4, 0-1 NSIC) in a close 68-66 battle against Minnesota Duluth (4-2, 1-0 NSIC) in the conference opener for both schools on yesterday (Saturday) at Romano Gymnasium on the campus of UMD.

The SCSU men's basketball team returns home to play Bemidji State (3-1) at 8 p.m. Friday and Minnesota Crookston (2-2) Saturday at 6 p.m.