Southeastern runs away with 100-75 win over DCC

DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern had a pair of 20-point scorers and four players reach double-figures total en route to a 100-75 win over Dallas Christian on Monday night in the finale of the Savage Storm's five-game home stand to open the season in Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

SE comes out of the home stand 4-1 to open the season after the win and will play its first road game of the season on Nov. 27 when it heads to Warrensburg, Mo., to face Central Missouri at 6 p.m.

The Storm reach the 100 point mark for the first time in nearly a calendar year dating back to a 101-65 win over Hillsdale Freewill Baptist on Nov. 28, 2014.

SE did so by shooting 47.4 percent from the field, including a 50.0 clip in the second half, doing most of their damage in the paint and in transition where they held a 64-26 edge down low and an 18-4 lead in fastbreak points.

Nathan Jackson turned in his second double-double of the year with an impressive 20 point and 16 rebound effort, while Marti Fonolla came off the bench to turn in the second 20-point outing of the night.

Jackson was 6-of-11 from the field and made up the difference with an 8-of-12 mark at the free throw line and at the same time was a force on the boards on both ends of the floor, posting eight offensive and eight defensive rebounds.

Fonolla was 8-11 from the floor and 2-of-3 from behind the arc to reach 20 points and very nearly had a double-double of his own, finishing with nine rebounds.

Sami Bzai turned in 19 points, finishing just shy of his fourth-straight 20 point game, going 5-of-12 from the field with one three and an 8-of-9 effort at the free throw line.

Antonio Worthy rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 off the bench on a 5-of-9 shooting night, while Stelios Papafloratos added eight points and Anton Cook chipped in six.

In all, 11 of the 12 players to see action got in the scoring column.

Southeastern has passed the 80-point mark in three of its five games and after Monday is averaging 84.6 ppg while holding opponents to 75.8 per outing.

Cook led the team with five assists, while Jackson and Bzai each dished out four. Quinton Threadgill and James Donelan added three each.

The Storm finished with 24 assists on 37 made field goals with is the highest assist total since the team put up 28 in a win over DCC a year ago.

The team's 59 rebounds was the most in a game since posting 68 boards in a season-opening win over Dallas Christian on Nov. 10, 2012.

Jackson led all players with his 16 boards, while Fonolla was next in line at nine, followed by eight by Cook. Five others pulled down three or more rebounds.

The Storm started off slow, missing its first three shots which lead to Jackson picking up four of his 16 rebounds on the game's first possession before scoring the first points of the game.

The teams were back and forth early, with the Crusader pulling out to a 20-16 lead by the 13:29 mark.

That lead was at 22-19 when a John Bootz layup opened up a 10-2 run that was capped by a Jackson free throw which gave SE a 32-24 lead.

DCC would cut it back to four points with 5:12 to go, but the Storm would finish the half on a blazing 20-5 run over the last 4:41, capped by a Jackson bucket in transition to take a 54-35 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Southeastern pushed its lead into the 20's early on in the second half and after another Jackson layup at the 16:52 mark the lead had grown to 62-39.

A Tyler Lonzie jumper with 11:45 to play would make the lead 68-47 and the advantage would never slip below 20 points again.

The largest lead of the game came on a Threadgill fast break bucket with 1:56 to play which opened up a 96-68 edge.

Fonolla would score the final points of the game on a layup with four seconds to play, giving the Storm its 100 points and a 100-75 victory.