The Seward County Community College menís basketball team played its 1,126th game in its 39th season on Thursday night. And what a night it was as Bryan Zollinger coached his first game as head coach for the Saints defeating Sterling College J.V. 115-28 at the Green House, breaking the all-time Seward County record for lowest point total for an opposing team in single-game history. The Saints opened their season breaking a record that was previously set when Seward County opened the 1997-1998 season with a 123-35 victory over Wayland Baptist J.V. in Liberal. Tonightís contest ranks second all-time in SCCC history, just behind the win over Wayland Baptist, for the largest margin of victory with the 87 point differential.

Zollinger, a former SCCC menís basketball player and Seward County assistant coach, makes history in his Saintsí coaching debut while his team led Sterling by just one point (10-9) with 15 minutes left in the first-half. After the opening minute jitters wore off, the Saints outscored Sterling 105-19 during the remaining 35 minutes of the game.

The Saints led at halftime 62-14, after forcing 23 Warrior turnovers and shooting 25-of-51 from the field as a team. Sophomore forward Darko Cohadarevic led all players Thursday night with a career-high 27 points. He scored 18 points in the first-half on 8-of-13 shooting in just 12 minutes of playing time. Cohadarevic finished the game shooting 12-of-19 from the floor with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Seward County collected a total of 33 steals and forced the Warriors into committing 45 turnovers during the contest. Sophomore guard Nick Burns and freshman guard Steve Hooks led all players with six steals each. Burns just missed a triple-double with 10 points, nine rebounds and a team-high eight assists.

Sophomores Ervin Williams (21 points, nine rebounds, four steals) and Josh Wilcox (seven points, four assists) also notched career-highs in points scored, while junior college transfer Donald Dixon was among team leaders with 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field.

Saintsí freshman point guard Reggie Chamberlain recorded double-figures in scoring with 11 points and he also chipped in four assists and three steals.

All 11 SCCC players in uniform played at least 12 minutes with no player logging more than 26 minutes played in the season-opener.

Sterling College was led by three players who all scored a team-high six points (Mark Swointek, Brian Boarman, Jerred McMillan).

The Saintsí suffocating defense held Sterling to 1-of-11 shooting from three-point range, and the Saints out-rebounded the Warriors 58-31.

Seward County (1-0) will continue play in the SCCC Pepsi Classic on Friday hosting Carl Albert State College (0-1) for an 8 p.m. tip-off at the Green House.

PEPSI CLASSIC RESULTS:
In the opening game of the Pepsi Classic, the Garden City Community College Broncbusters knocked off Carl Albert State College 94-77. The Busters had high-point totals from sophomore transfers Jordan Ragan (26 points, 5-for-9 from 3-point) and Corey Claitt (23 points, eight rebounds, four steals). GCCC 6-fot-9 big man Sterling Link led all players with 11 rebounds and he also added 14 points.

Carl Albert was led by Martez Howard (16 points), Nigel Byam (15 points, seven rebounds) and Bobby Lee (15 points) in the losing effort. Both teams combined to shoot 50 percent from the floor (68-for-136) and they combined for 17 three-point field goals.