Hutchinson CC Sports Information
The No. 1-ranked Hutchinson Community College men's basketball team shot better than 53 percent and four players scored in double figures as the Blue Dragons opened the 2017-18 season with a 102-56 victory over the Friends University Junior Varsity on Wednesday at the Sports Arena.
Friends hit the first shot of the game, a 3-pointers 27 seconds into the game. The Blue Dragons then held them scoreless for the next 4 minutes 59 seconds and scored 14 unanswered to break the game open.
Hutchinson had to overcome the 11 Falcon 3-pointers, but led 55-31 at halftime and outscored Friends 47-25 in the final 20 minutes.
The Blue Dragons hit 42 of 79 field goals (53.2 percent), hitting 4 of 15 from 3-point range and 14 of 21 from the free-throw line.
Hutch held the Falcons to 39.6 percent (21 of 53). Friends hit 11 of 27 from 3-point range. The Dragons out-rebounded Friends 48-22 with 22 offensive rebounds. The Blue Dragons forced 22 Friends turnovers.
Sophomores J.J. Rhymes and Devonte Bandoo led four Blue Dragons in double figures with 15 points each. Rhymes added a career-high seven assists. Sophomore Kai Mitchell had 12 points and freshman Curtis Hollis had 10 points.
Bryant Rogers had 15 points, hitting 3 of 6 3-pointers. Jackson Oldham hit four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points.
The Blue Dragons face two good weekend tests this weekend at the Sports Arena. Hutchinson will play NJCAA Division II No. 1 North Lake at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and NEO at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons captured their 11th-consecutive season opening victory and improved to 69-19 in season openers. The Dragons are 74-14 in home openers. … The Dragons out-scored Friends 72-12 in points in the paint, 29-6 off turnovers, 29-0 in second-chance points and 29-5 in fastbreak points.