The Seward County Community College menís basketball team held a 71-70 lead over Barton County Community College with 5:19 left in the game Monday night. The Cougars then went on a 16-9 run to finish the game, as the No. 12 Cougars knocked off the Saints 86-80 in Great Bend, Kan. Barton County outscored the Saints 42-14 in the paint, and shot 51 percent (30-for-51) from the field as they improve to 10-0 at home this season. Seward County falls to 10-6 overall and 1-2 in Jayhawk West, while the nationally-ranked Cougars improve to 16-1 overall and 3-1 in the Jayhawk West.

The Saints came into Monday night looking for their second consecutive victory over a nationally-ranked team, after defeating previously ranked No. 19 Hutchinson C.C. 79-68, at the Green House on Jan. 6. In the first-half, Seward County was sparked by sophomore Michael Tyree, who knocked down four three-point buckets, totaling 12 points going into halftime. Tyree finished the game with eight three-point field goals, tying the Seward County school record for 3-point buckets in a single-game that he previously set this season.

Barton County began their domination over the Saints under-the-boards in the first-half, outscoring the Saints 24-2 in the paint and out-rebounding the Saints 23-12. Seward County trailed Barton County at half-time 41-34.

Despite the rebounding difference, the Saints held the lead for over four minutes during the second-half, including a 69-65 lead, after two Theron Wilson free-throws with 6:53 remaining in the game. The Barton County frontcourt was too much for the Saints as they out-rebounded the Saints 42-28 during the contest. The Cougars depth also helped carry them to the victory as their bench outscored the Saints 27-12.

The Saints were led by Tyree (24 points), Theron Wilson (16 points and seven rebounds), Hank Harris (12 points and five assists) and Nick Burns (12 points, 4-of-6 three-point field goals). The Cougars attack was led by Ivan Evans (16 points and nine rebounds), Omar Johnson (15 points and nine assists), Thiago Cordeiro (14 points, nine rebounds and five blocks) and Wagner Bueno (12 points and six rebounds).

Seward County will host Butler Community College (9-8, 2-2) on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Green House for an 8 p.m. Jayhawk West Conference tip-off.