In the largest upset in the Region VI Tournament since 2005, the No. 13 seeded Seward County Community College menís basketball team shocked tournament No. 4 seed Independence Community College 76-75, with a remarkable comeback in the second-half to advance to the NJCAA Region VI Tournament in Wichita on Sunday. The Saints used a 29-12 run in the second-half to come back from a 13 point deficit at halftime to defeat the Pirates who were the Jayhawk East Conference runner-up this season. Seward County improves to 17-13 overall and Independence ends their season with a 20-11 overall record.

The last time a No. 13 seeded team defeated a No. 4 seed was in 2005, when Butler Community College went into Independence and knocked off the Pirates 53-51, to advance to the eight-team Region VI Tournament in Salina, Kan.

The game was one-sided in first-half play with the Pirates leading 21-9 midway through the period. The Saints trailed at halftime 47-34, after shooting just 33 percent from the field and with the Pirates hitting 5-of-9 three-point shots and shooting 53 percent from the floor.

Just minutes into the second-half, Independence grabbed a 49-34 lead, and had the Saints trailing by their largest margin of the game. At that point the Saints and sophomore point guard Hank Harris took over the basketball game. Seward County went on a 29-12 run over the next several minutes to not only get back into the game, but to stun the Pirates home crowd while taking a 63-61 lead on a Harris lay-up with 9:02 remaining in the game.

Harris, a 5-foot-11-inch guard from Topeka, played his best game in his two-year career for the Saints scoring a career-high 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field. Harris was the answer for Seward County making a lay up to give the Saints their first lead, pulling the Saint back into the lead with another a lay up and giving the Saints a three point lead (67-64) with a third consecutive lay up at the 6:02 mark in the second-half.

Seward County then went up five points, their largest lead of the game, on a Theron Wilson lay up in the lane with 3:15 remaining in regulation. Down the stretch in a hostile environment in Independence, the Saints and Pirates were knotted up at 75-75 with 37 seconds remaining, with the Saints having possession of the ball.

After making several passes Saints freshman Ervin Williams, who scored 14 first-half points on 11-of-14 from the free throw line, was fouled on a shot in the lane with just 13.9 seconds remaining in the game. Williams gave the Saints a one point lead making the second of his two free throws. Independence had one last chance to win the game, but a last second shot was off target hitting the rim with the buzzer sounding as the Saints celebrated in their win advancing them into the Region VI Tournament quarterfinals.

Seward County got revenge on the Pirates who eliminated the Saints in a First Round Region VI Playoff game last season in Independence, 75-58. The Saints victory sends them back into the Region VI Tournament quarterfinals where they last appeared in 2005, where they were defeated by Neosho County 75-72.

The Saints will play against No. 5 seed Barton County Community College on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 3 p.m. at Charles Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University. The winner of the Saints and Cougars match-up will play on Monday, Mar. 12 against the winner of Dodge City/Kansas City, KS in the semifinals at 5 p.m.