The Seward County Community College menís basketball team kept rolling Friday night in their opening game at the Pizza Hut Classic, with a 88-61 blowout victory over Brown Mackie College at the Green House in Liberal. The Saints never trailed and led by a double figure margin during the final 34 minutes of the game, while marking their eighth straight non-conference victory under first year head coach Bryan Zollinger. With just one non-conference game remaining in the 2007 portion of the season, Zollinger has guided the Saints to the best overall record in the 19 school Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference with a 12-1 overall record (.923). Seward County drops the Lions to 6-7 overall this season.

The contest became lopsided in a hurry with the Saints rattling off a 15-3 run to start the game. Saintsí sophomore Nick Burns turned in his third straight impressive performance and in the process recorded a career-high 28 points. Burns, a 6-foot-1 guard from Portland, Ore., shot 11-of-16 from the floor, including a career-high 6-for-9 from three-point range with two rebounds and two steals. Burnsí performance also marked the most points scored and most three-point buckets made in a single-game this season by any Saintsí player.

Seward dominated the first half shooting 57 percent (17-for-30) from the field and hitting 7-of-15 three-point field goals. Brown Mackie on the other hand struggled with the Saints pressure defense shooting just 19 percent (6-for-31) in the opening 20 minutes of action. Burns averaged almost a point per minute in the first half scoring 18 points in 19 minutes of play.

In the second half the lead only continued to grow for the Saints who posted their largest lead, 85-54, with 2:56 left on the clock. From the start of the period to the end of the game, the Saints led by at least 21 points and finished strong shooting 52 percent from the floor and a season-high 14-of-30 from long range.

Seward County, the sixth best free throw shooting team in the country, shot a season-high 92 percent from the charity stripe (12-for-13), which matches their winning percentage after the first 13 games of the season.

The Saints saw scoring production from eight players, including 22 points off the bench. Freshman point guard Reggie Chamberlain tallied 13 points with five assists and three rebounds, sophomore Ervin Williams posted seven points, five blocks, four rebounds and three steals and sophomore reserve guard Donald Dixon scored 10 points with five assists, four rebounds and two steals in just 20 minutes.

Brown Mackie, who was without leading scorer Earnest Noel (19.8 ppg.), was led in scoring by Kenon Lamb (13 points), Denarious Darby (11 points) and Omar Westmoreland (10 points).

Seward County will play their final non-conference game of the season on Saturday night against Lamar Community College (10-2) at 8 p.m. at the Green House in Liberal.

OTHER PIZZA HUT CLASSIC RESULTS (MBB):
The Runniní Lopes collected their 10th win of the season in dominating fashion against Sterling College J.V. 74-46, in a one-sided contest from the start. Lamar shot 49 percent from the field and out-rebounded Sterling College J.V. 45-24. Mike Bogar (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Robert Tibbs (10 points, nine rebounds) led Lamar, while Travis Minton (15 points) was the only Warrior to score in double figures.