Point guard Reggie Chamberlain led all players scoring 21 points and guided Seward County Community College to a 66-60 victory over Cloud County Community College on Wednesday night at the Green House in Liberal. The Saintsí victory puts them in sole possession of second place in the Jayhawk West, after entering the contest tied with the T-Birds. Seward Countyís defense forced 34 turnovers, and the Saints shot 42 percent from long range in the victory. The Saints improve to 22-5 overall and to 10-3 in the Jayhawk West. Cloud County drops to 17-10 overall and to 9-4 in conference competition.

Neither teamís offense started the game well with a total of 20 points in the opening 10 minutes of play. Cloud County went on a 14-3 run early in the game to take its largest lead, 14-6, at the 10:04 mark.

The Saints generated points off turnovers while Chamberlain scored 13 points in the final six minutes of the half, including three 3-pointers, to give Seward County a 28-21 lead at halftime. A total of 30 turnovers were committed in the first half, including 21 from the visiting T-Birds.

Seward County posted its largest lead, 35-21, just after halftime when Chamberlain tacked on a field goal, sophomore Nick Burns added a shot in the lane, and freshman Bruno Mendes sank a trey to force a Cloud County timeout.

With the Saints leading by just three points (42-39), freshman Drew Jones made two 3-pointers, and sophomore guard Donald Dixon added an traditional three-point-play to give SCCC a 52-42 lead. Jones finished with eight points (2-of-2 three-pointers), three steals and two rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.

Despite a difficult shooting night at the free throw line overall (.588), the Saints were able to close out the game making 12-of-16 free throws in the final 2 minutes, 21 seconds of play. Seward County entered the evening ranked ninth in the NJCAA in team free throw shooting percentage (.719).

Chamberlain shot 5-of-11 from the field, 3-of-7 from long range and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. The Kansas City, Missouri native also collected four assists and two steals. Every Saintsí player who entered the game recorded at least four points and one field goal. The Saints were also led by Ervin Williams (eight points, six rebounds), Darko Cohadarevic (six points, eight rebounds) and Dixon (eight points, three steals, three assists).

The Saints finished the evening shooting 40 percent from the field in their lowest scoring total in a conference victory this season. Seward County has now defeated Cloud County in six of the last eight games played at the Green House.

The Thunderbirds were led offensively by Girod Adams (16 points, eight rebounds) and Rudy Meo (11 points, seven rebounds). Jemal Farmer also scored in double figures (13 points), but he committed a game-high 11 turnovers.

The Saints will play their final regular-season home game against Garden City Community College (17-9, 6-7) on Saturday, Feb. 23, for homecoming at 7:30 p.m. at the Green House.