The last time the Seward County Community College men’s basketball team lost it was a month ago against the Barton County Cougars. History repeated itself on Wednesday night as the Cougars broke the Saints’ seven game-winning streak with an 88-83 victory in double overtime at the Barton County Gym in Great Bend. The Saints let a 13-point halftime lead evaporate in the second half as the Cougars earned their fourth victory in their last five games. The Saints fall to 20-5 overall and to 8-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Barton County improves to 17-8 overall and to 6-6 in conference play.

The Saints led the entire first half and posted their largest lead with a 40-27 advantage at halftime. Seward County hit 46 percent of its 3-pointers in the first half (6-of-13), being led by sophomore Nick Burns (14 points) and freshman Bruno Mendes (nine points, 3 treys). The Saints forced 10 Barton County turnovers in the opening period while the Saints recorded a 50 percent shooting effort from the field. Four Saints’ players tallied at least seven points in the first half.

The second half was a different story. Seward County maintained the lead until Cougar sophomore Chris Jackson made a 3-pointer at the 8:41 mark to tie the score at 53. The Cougars used a 10-1 run during a three minute and 30 second span to even the score for the first time since the opening-tip.

Burns gave the Saints a five-point lead with a fast break lay-up at the 4:43 mark, giving Seward County a 60-55 advantage. Burns finished the contest with 20 points, four assists and four steals.

With 1:38 remaining, and the Saints holding a one-point lead (63-62), the Seward County bench was issued a technical foul. Barton County freshman Chip Stevens made the second technical foul shot to score the final point in regulation to send the game into the first overtime.

Sophomore Darko Cohadarevic carried Seward County in the first overtime scoring the final seven points for the Saints, including a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining to send the game into a second overtime. Cohadarevic recorded his eighth career double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Cohadarevic played in a career-high 43 minutes and didn’t commit a turnover during the entire game.

Barton County started the second overtime with an 8-0 run, collecting back-to-back 3-pointers from Chip Stevens and Qa’rraan Calhoun, and a lay-up from Javon Parris in the opening minute and 30 seconds of play. The Saints were able to cut the Cougars’ lead to three points twice in double OT, both on 3-pointers from Cohadarevic and Reggie Chamberlain. Chamberlain led all players with six steals, and he also posted 18 points and six assists.

The Saints allowed season-highs of 88 points, 32 field goals and 21 assists to the Cougars. Barton County was led by Calhoun (24 points, 13 rebounds), Stevens (18 points), Parris (17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists) and Jackson (12 points, four steals).

The Saints will begin a three-game home series on Saturday, Feb. 20, hosting Butler Community College (8-16, 3-8) for sophomore recognition night at the Green House starting at 7:30 p.m.