The Seward County Community College menís basketball team upset No. 19 Hutchinson Community College 79-68, Saturday night at the Green House. The Saints shot 64 percent from the floor in the second-half to put away the nationally-ranked Blue Dragons, who lost their conference opener, which was also their first road game of the season. Seward County was led by freshman Darko Cohadarevic, who scored a career-high 25 points in the Saints first conference victory this season. Seward County improves to 10-5 overall and 1-1 in the Jayhawk West, and No. 19 Hutchinson drops to 13-2 overall and 0-1 in the Jayhawk West.

The game went back-and-forth during the first-half, with each team posting four point leads. The Saints jumped out to a 33-29 lead, after a field goal by Hank Harris at the 4:02 mark. Seward County increased their lead to as many as seven points in the opening frame twice, and took a 39-35 lead at halftime.

Seward County led at halftime despite only receiving four points and three rebounds from sophomore Theron Wilson, who was 0-for-9 from the field and 4-of-7 from the free-throw line. Cohadarevic scored 16 points, while Saints guard Michael Tyree poured in 13 points at intermission.

The Saints controlled the game in the second-half, as Hutchinson was only able to tie the scored at 39-39, after going on a 4-0 run to start the half. Then the Saints ran away with the contest. Seward County pushed their lead to as many as 14 points and never had their lead fall below seven points after the 12:00 minute mark in the second-half.

Hutchinson, who entered Saturday night as the top free-throw shooting team in the Region VI (.725) shot just 9-for-19 (47 percent) from the charity stripe for the game. The Blue Dragons committed 18 turnovers in their first road game of the season. During non-conference play, Hutchinson recorded an 11-1 record playing at home at the Sports Arena and a 2-0 record at a neutral site in the Jayhawk Shootout in Coffeyville, Kan.

Cohadarevic had his strongest overall performance for the Saints this season against Hutchinson, scoring 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting, 5-of-8 shooting from three-point range, and seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal. Tyree finished with 19 points, on 3-of-8 from three-point range and three assists. Hank Harris also had a standout performance with 13 points, four assists and four rebounds. Wilson finished the game with 10 points, six rebounds and seven turnovers.

The Blue Dragons were kept in the game by the strong performance of sophomore Nate Brumfield, who tallied 20 points with a game-high 12 rebounds, and four assists and two steals. The only other Blue Dragon to post double-figures in scoring was freshman Georgio Phillips, who scored 14 points while knocking down four three-point buckets.

Seward County will not be in action until next Saturday, Jan. 13 as they travel to Barton County Community College (14-1, 1-1) to take on the Cougars for an 8 p.m. tip-off, at the Barton County Gymnasium in Great Bend, Kan. The game will be broadcasted on KSCB radio by sports broadcaster Brock Kappelmann, and can be heard locally on 107.5 FM, or on the Internet by going to www.kscb.net and clicking on KSCB LIVE.