BRENHAM, Texas — The Blinn College men's basketball team (1-0) started the season on the right foot by defeating Beyond Basketball, 115-89, on Friday night in the Kruse Center.
"It is always good when you win the first game and I am happy that everybody got to play a lot of minutes," said Scott Schumacher, Blinn head coach. "Everybody played really well tonight and they deserved that win."
"I went out there wanting to compete as hard as I could and really was excited to show everyone what I can do as a player," Seay said. "We have a great connection as a team on and off the court, and it is a great feeling to get the first win."
Seay led the Buccaneers through the first half with 19 points for Blinn to hold a 59-37 advantage at the half. Seay scored seven points early in the game for Blinn to pull ahead 13-8 and hold onto the lead for the remainder of the game. The Buccaneers gained momentum as they went on a 9-0 run to stay ahead 22-8. Ryan Pollard kept things rolling, scoring five straight points for Blinn to lead 29-15. With less than seven minutes remaining in the first half, Vallien scored a three-pointer for Blinn to lead 40-21. Seay scored seven of Blinn's final eight points for the Buccaneers to hold a 22-point lead at the halfway mark.
In the second half. Rainey and Maring each led Blinn with 10 points apiece. Rainey hit two three-pointers for Blinn to stay ahead 75-48. By the five-minute mark, Blinn had built a 106-73 lead. Nicholas Statz led the Buccaneers on an 8-0 run with a two-pointer and two free throws for Blinn to pull ahead 114-85. Jacob Paske scored the final point of the game on a free throw for the 26-point win.
Next, Blinn will host Lone Star College-Cy Fair on Monday, November 4, at 7 p.m.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 41 NJCAA national championships since 1987.