POTEAU - Unable to maintain a 20-point halftime lead, Northeastern A&M's Golden Norsemen suffered their fifth consecutive loss by a 79-73 decision Monday night to Carl Albert State College before a large crowd in the Mick Thompson Fitness Center.

Coach Dustin Grover's Golden Norse return home Thursday with a 10-13 season record and a 0-1 mark in the Eastern Division of the Bi-State Athletic Conference. The Norsemen entertain the Eastern State College Mountaineers at 8 p.m. in the NEO Fieldhouse.

While opening play in the Bi-State East, coach Mike St. John's Carl Albert Vikings are 3-19 on the season.

Freshman guard Dominique Gaines returned to the Golden Norse lineup and scored 19 of his game-high 27 points in the first half.

Coupled with eight points each by Tremaine Luellen, Tulio Cobos and John Boyd, along with seven points by Malcomb Miller, the Norsemen constructed a 50-30 halftime advantage.

Carl Albert received 10 points each by Calen Parks, Oskar Einsteins, Calvin Rayford and Anthony Brown in the second half to ignite the Viking rally.

Along with the 27-point production by Gaines, the Golden Norse received 14 points by Boyd and 10 points from Luellen.

The Golden Norsemen connected on 24 of 67 (36 percent) from the field, including only 3 of 14 from the 3-point arc. NEO hit 22 of 30 (73 percent) at the free throw line.

Brown tallied 19 points to lead the Vikings. Parks added 17, followed by Einsteins' 16 and 10 from Rayford.

Carl Albert sank 29 of 67 (43 percent) field goal attempts, including 8 of 21 from 3-point range. It was 13 of 18 (72 percent) at the free throw line.

Luellen grabbed 11 rebounds to give NEO a 45-43 margin in the boards. Brown completed a double-double with 12 rebounds to lead Carl Albert.

Carl Albert 79, Northeastern A&M 73

Northeastern A&M (10-13, 0-1) - Gaines 10-23 6-8 27, Boyd 3-9 6-8 14, Luellen 2-11 6-7 10, Cobos 4-10 1-1 9, Miller 3-9 1-2 7, Johnson 2-2 0-0 4, Morgan 0 1-2 1, Parra 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 24-67 22-30 73.

Carl Albert (3-19, 1-0) - Brown 9-26 1-2 19, Parks 5-8 5-7 17, Einsteins 6-11 0-1 16, Rayford 4-11 0-0 10, Bright 1-1 4-4 6, Williams 1-5 2-2 4, Strickland 2-3 0-0 4, Byam 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 29-67 13-18 79.

Halftime - NEO 50, Carl Albert 30. 3-point goals - NEO 3-14 (Boyd 2-5, Gaines 1-6, Miller 0-2, Luellen 0-1), Carl Albert 8-21 (Einsteins 4-9, Parks 2-3, Rayford 2-7, Williams 0-2). Total fouls - NEO 20, Carl Albert 25. Rebounds - NEO 45 (Luellen 11), Carl Albert 43 (Brown 12). Assists - NEO 11 (Luellen 3), Carl Albert 12 (Parks 6). Steals - NEO 8 (Miller 4), Carl Albert 8 (Einsteins 2, Parks 2). Blocked shots - NEO 1 (Gaines), Carl Albert 4 (Brown 3). Turnovers - NEO 15, Carl Albert 18. Fouled out - none.