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.