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Conference crown slipping away as No. 19 Cougars lose to Seward

With Seward leading 15-14 with a little over eleven minutes remaining in the half, the Saints outscored the Cougars 18-6 the rest of the way to lead 33-22 into the break.

After the Saints grew their lead to fourteen early in the second half, Barton started its comeback behind the big three of Andell Cumberbatch, Algie Key, and Turon Parker. The three sophomore guards combined for twelve points during the Cougars 16-5 run to draw within three with 12:37 to play.

Unfortunately for the Cougars, it would be the closet Barton would get as the Saints would score ten of the next eleven points in the next three plus minutes to build the lead back to twelve at 53-41.

A Barton run of 7-0 to cut it to five at the 4:37 mark and a 7-3 run to cut it to four with two minutes to play had one thinking the Cougars could pull this one out. But missed free throws, layups, and even missed dunks were just subtle signs this just wasn't the Cougars' night.

Shooting a dismal 25% from the arc, Barton was also outmuscled inside as Seward out rebounded the Cougars by seven and outscored them by eight points in the paint.

Getting his sixth double-double in nine conference games, Cumberbatch led the Cougars scoring seventeen points and grabbing a game high ten rebounds. Key and Parker scored thirteen and ten respectively but the duo combined for a 7-out-of-27 performance from the field as the Cougars were only 33.9% from the field. Key's thirteen points brought his career mark to 1040 points and jumped him over Robert Whaley's 1029 points ('01-03) and Carlton Baker's 1034 points ('99-01) for eighth place all-time on the Barton career scoring chart. Key will next chase down Eric Bush's 1103 total set from the '99-01 seasons for seventh place.

Jabari Peters led four Saints in double-figures with twenty, just missing a double-double as he pulled down a team high nine rebounds. Kaheem Ransom added nineteen with Edson Avila and Malcolm Hill-Bey scoring sixteen and ten points respectively.