The Seward County Community College menís basketball team didnít choose the right 20 minute period to go cold shooting the basketball. Not only did the Saints shoot only 34 percent from the field in the second half, they allowed Brown Mackie College to shoot 64 percent from the field, as the Lions came fighting back in the second half of Friday nightís game to defeat the Saints 99-89, in the opening night of the Pizza Hut Classic in Liberal at the Green House. Seward County led by as many as 16 points in the first-half, before Brown Mackie made their run to pick up a big road win. SCCC falls to 9-3 overall this season, and No. 8 (NJCAA D-II) Brown Mackie improves to 11-3 overall.

Friday nightís contest also featured two of the all-time winningest coaches in NJCAA Region VI menís basketball history. Brown Mackie Head Coach, Francis Flax, improves his overall record to 473-349 (.575), which is good for third all-time in wins. Saints Head Coach, Dave Brown, who ranks ninth all-time in wins, now posts a career record of 245-93 (.725).

In the first-half, the Saints led by one-point (16-15) with 14 minutes remaining in the period. At that point, the Saints got hot and went on a 34-19 run, to take a 50-34 lead. Brown Mackie then grabbed the momentum heading into halftime going on a 6-0 run, making the score 50-40 at halftime.

Saints guard, Michael Tyree, looked impressive in the first-half shooting the basketball hitting 4-of-6 three-point field goals, while collecting 12 points. Theron Wilson ended the first-half with 14 points and six rebounds.

The second-half belonged to the Lions, as Brown Mackie was unstoppable on the offensive end of the floor shooting 21-for-33 (.636) and making 15-of-20 free-throws en route to their 59 points in the second-half. Darnell Kimble scored 19 points in the second frame, and collected 25 total points for the game.

Brown Mackie gained the lead with 7:22 remaining in the game (75-74) and would never relinquish it to finish the contest. Brown Mackie guard, Earnest Noel, scorched the Saints for a game-high 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the floor and 4-of-10 shooting from behind the three-point arc.

The Saints meanwhile went ice cold shooting the basketball in the second-half, going 2-of-13 from long range and 13-for-38 from the floor. Seward County was led once again by sophomore, Theron Wilson, the Region VIís leading scorer who posted 24 points with 13 rebounds and a game-high six assists. SCCC freshman Darko Cohadarevic chipped in 16 points with a career-high 14 rebounds. Tyree finished with 16 points and five 3-point field goals (5-for-13 from three-point range). Tyree now has 47 three-point field goals, including six games where he has made at least five three-point buckets.

The Saints also had production from Hank Harris (11 points and five assists), Ervin Williams (11 points, five rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals) and Bryson Hampton (eight points and four rebounds).

Seward County will play their final non-conference game of the season Saturday night against Frank Phillips College at 8 p.m. Frank Phillips defeated Newman University J.V. 112-58 on Friday afternoon. The Plainsmen were led in their victory by Quincy Robinson (20 points and six rebounds), Lloyd Murray (20 points and six rebounds), Jason Rogers (16 points), Basil Leslie (14 points and four steals), Meshon Lewis (14 points, eight rebounds and six blocks) and Sharod Lewis (11 points). Newman J.V. received double-digit scoring from big-man Colton Dzyzmalla, who scored 12 points with three rebounds.