DURANT, Okla. - Southeastern shot 66.7 percent in the first half and six players scored in double-figures as Southeastern powered past Arlington Baptist in the season opener 88-67 to earn head coach Kelly Green his 500th career coaching victory across all levels
The Savage Storm open the season with a 1-0 mark with the win and will have some time to celebrate with its next contest coming on Nov. 23 in San Antonio, Texas, against Texas A&M-International at 3 p.m. as part of the River City Classic. They will follow that with a 7:30 p.m. matchup on Nov. 24 against the event host St. Mary's.
Green collects his 90th win leading SE and his 500th win overall with stops at Arizona Western, Western New Mexico, West Texas College, Frank Phillips College and Angleton High School. The win brings his career record to 500-292.
Kellen Manek led all scorers with 18 points in the game, hitting 7-of-11 from the floor, including a pair of threes.
Adam Dworsky and Kayo Goncalves each added 13 points, with Dworsky shooting 6-of-10, while Goncalves hit 6-of-8 with a three.
James Donelan was right behind with 11 points which was matched by DJ Henderson who hit a trio of threes.
Jett Jobe rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10.
Jobe just missed a double-double by dishing out eight assists to lead all ball handlers, while Dworsky handed out five as the Storm tallied 26 total in the contest.
Manek turned in a team-high eight rebounds, also just missing out on a double-double, while Gonalves added seven boards.
The Storm shot 66.7 percent from the field in the first half, and despite that pace slipping in the second half SE still finished the night hitting 54.7 percent from the field with 10 threes.
Southeastern opened the contest on fire and hit five of its first seven shots to put together a 14-0 run over the first 4:25 of the game.
The Storm would continue to push, with a Goncalves three at the 11:44 mark giving the team its first 20-point advantage at 26-6.
That lead continued to grow, with a Dworsky bucket with just over a minute to play in the first half pushing it to the largest advantage of the night at 53-19 which would remain the halftime score.
ABU responded by shooting 48.6 percent in the second half after a 22.2 percent mark over the first 20 minutes.
SE was never in real danger of losing its gigantic lead, with the Patriots needing just over 16 minutes to finally cut the deficit to under 20 points as a Daegan Gentry jumper with 3:44 to play cut the Storm lead to 79-61.
Southeastern answered with the next three points and would push its final advantage to 88-67.