Sophomore guard Donald Dixon scored a career-high 20 points and Seward County Community College notched its fourth straight win with a 97-71 victory against Pratt Community College on Saturday night at the Green House in Liberal. SCCC dominated the game shooting 66 percent from the field, including 7-of-14 from long range, and received double-figure scoring from five players while scoring its highest point total since Nov. 2 (111 vs. Clarendon). Seward County equals its overall win total from last season improving to 17-4 overall and to 5-2 in the Jayhawk West. The Beavers have now lost five of their last six games and fall to 8-13 overall and to 2-5 in conference play.

Dixon, who played his freshman season at Pratt C.C. in 2005-06, shot 8-of-10 from the field and connected on three 3-pointers in his first start of the season for the Saints. Every Saintsí player in uniform tallied a field goal, including a career-high 14 points from reserve guard Drew Jones.

Early in the first half the Saintsí lead grew into double figures after a 9-0 run. With the Saints leading 11-8, Ervin Williams made two free throws, Jones nailed a 3-pointer, sophomore Nick Burns added a lay-up, and Jones again scored underneath to give SCCC an 18-8 lead. Just before halftime, Seward County stretched its lead to 15 points after Jones made his second 3-pointer of the half, and Darko Cohadarevic made a free throw to give the Saints a 47-32 lead.

Seward County shot 5-of-9 from long range in the first half while leading 47-34 at halftime. The Saints also won the turnover battle in the first half forcing Pratt into eight turnovers compared to just two for Seward County.

The Saints defense never let up and the SCCC offense continued to score at a high rate with a 72 percent (18-of-25) shooting effort in the second half.

Dixon scored 11 of his team-high 20 points in the final eight minutes of the game. The 5-foot-9 guard from Wichita recorded his 20th point of the evening on a lay-up that gave the Saints a 30-point lead (95-65), which was their largest lead of the night.

The many contributors for the Saints included Williams (17 points, three blocks), Cohadarevic (12 points, eight rebounds), Bruno Mendes (12 points) and Jones (14 points). Burns also had a strong outing recording a career-high 11 assists, and he flirted with a triple-double finishing with nine points and seven rebounds.

Pratt was led by Will Collins (16 points), Marvin Jackson (11 points, nine rebounds) and Carlin Whitten (11 points).

Seward County will be back at the Green House hosting eighth-place Colby Community College (6-15, 2-5) on Wednesday, Jan. 30, for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.