Builders reach the 100-point plateau for the fourth time to defeat Barclay

Southwestern College junior guard Braylon Steen puts up a one-handed floater over the defense of Barclay College guard Chazten Brown during Tuesday night at Stewart Field House. The reigning KCAC Offensive Player of the Week, Steen finished with 20 points off the bench.

Five players scored in double figures Tuesday night and the Southwestern College men’s basketball team picked up its third win in the past four games with a 117-82 nonconference victory against Barclay College at Stewart Field House.

The Moundbuilders (6-3) pulled away from a 20-20 tie when former Arkansas City High School standout Cooper Pierce fed junior Braylon Steen for a bucket, then took a rebound from Steen, who moved the ball Jake Haertl, who sent a pass to Pierce for a 3-pointer with 10:31 left in the first half.

Southwestern went on an 8-0 run capped by a block from Zhahidi Robinson and basket by Steele Gaston-Chapman inside five minutes.

The teams traded 3-pointers in the final two minutes, with Pierce connecting for a 16-point advantage. Davion Knight buried a trey on the other end, but Haertl took a feed from Pierce and buried another 3-pointer with 52 seconds left to put the Builders up 48-32 at halftime.

Senior Geoffrey Salas buried back-to-back 3-pointers to build the lead to 22, 58-36. Steen converted an and-1 at the 15:13 mark and the lead was 23.

Noah Webster’s basket from behind the arc increased the lead to 25 and Robinson’s bucket at the 12:39 mark built it to 27, 78-51.

Southwestern’s lead reached as high as 31 on a mini 6-0 run inside the 10-minute mark.

A 16-1 run allowed the Builders to eclipse the 100-point plateau for the fourth time this season and Southwestern never looked back.

Salas finished with 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including 5 of 11 from the arc. Gaston-Chapman had a big second half and finished with 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go with eight rebounds.

Steen, the reigning KCAC Offensive Player of the Week, also had a 20-point night on 8-of-10 shooting off the bench. Robinson (14 points off the bench) and senior Troy Baker (12 points) also reached double figures.

Quintin Wallace pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for the Builders, who outrebounded Barclay 41-26.

Davion Knight and Mark Carter led five players in double figures with 18 points apiece for the Bears (2-2).

The Builders are home at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 to face Avila.

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