Elijah Punnett and Montrevion Flowers keyed a decisive 16-6 run in the first half and staunch defense led the No. 17 Seward County Community College men's basketball team to its 20th win of the season with a 76-53 triumph over the Pratt Beavers on Homecoming at the Greenhouse.
The Saints improved to 20-5 overall and 13-3 in the Jayhawk West. It was the first time Seward posted 20 wins since the 2013-14 season when it finished the season at 23-10. Seward leads the conference, one game ahead of Barton County.
SCCC played suffocating defense, holding Pratt to just 32 percent from the field on 17-of-53 shooting while forcing 24 turnovers. The Saints shot 43 percent from the field on 28-of-64 shooting and hitting 8-of-22 from three-point land.
With score tied at 18 with 4:40 left in the first, Punnett had six points, Flowers added five, Reggie Miller chipped in with four and Isiah Small hit a free throw to close the half and give Seward a 34-24 lead. The Beavers closed to within four in the second half, but the Saints put the game on ice with a 22-6 run.
Blake Furcron had 12 points and Drew Maschoff netted 10 points for the Beavers, who dropped to 4-12 in conference play and 11-14 overall.
The Saints look to extend their winning streak to four games when they travel to Dodge City on Monday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.