What starts well, didn't end well.
Kirk Archibeque and Ryan Yates helped the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks to a 4-0 start to Saturday's quarterfinal game of the Central Regional Tournament in Marshall, Minn.
Minnesota State-Mankato rarely missed after that.
For the third time in the last five seasons, Mankato has dealt the FLC men's basketball team a season-ending defeat.
"They were really good," Skyhawks coach Bob Hofman said. "Like their coach said, they played their best game of the season."
Mankato, the No. 4 seed in the Central, pulled away from No. 5 Fort Lewis in the second half to win 87-61 and advance to play No. 1 seed and host Southwest Minnesota State in today's Regional semifinal in Marshall, Minn.
"We didn't shoot well," Hofman said.
"Our effort was not bad, but when you miss as many shots as we did, it's draining."
Mankato, led by Jake Morrow's 21 points, was 9-for-18 from behind the 3-point line (50 percent).
Fort Lewis, led by Archibeque's 20 points, was 1-for-10 from behind the 3-point line (10 percent).
FLC is now 0-6 at Regionals.
"We just gotta keep kicking that door," Hofman said. "One of these days we'll kick the door down."