Hutchinson CC Sports Information
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
COFFEYVILLE – The Hutchinson Community College men's basketball team's first foray into Jayhawk Conference play was a rough one on Wednesday at Coffeyville.
Trailing by five points at halftime, the Blue Dragons couldn't recover from an early second-half 10-3 run and fell behind by as many as 18 points in the second half. Ultimately, the No. 9 Blue Dragons dropped a 78-67 decision to No. 4 Coffeyville at Nellis Hall.
The Blue Dragons drop their first game of the season and fall to 9-1 overall and 0-1 in the Jayhawk West. The Dragons will play host to Independence in the conference home opener at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Sports Arena. Coffeyville improves to 8-1 overall and 1-0 in the Jayhawk East.
That early second-half run was the precursor to a dominant Coffeyville second half. The Red Ravens shot 60 percent in the second half (18 of 30), hitting 6 of 9 from 3-point range. The Blue Dragons couldn't stop Coffeyville guard Tevin Brewer, who had nine of his team-high 15 points in the second half. For the game, Brewer wat 5 of 5 from 3-point range. He also had five steals and six rebounds to lead the Ravens.
Hutchinson trailed 31-26 at halftime and had the deficit down to four at 37-33 after a Chris Giles' fastbreak layup with 17:08 to play in the second half. Four minutes later, the Ravens capped that 10-3 run with a Marvin Johnson dunk and Hutchinson trailed 47:37 with 13:18 to play.
The Dragons chipped away again and pulled within 52-46 after a Rheaquone Taylor jumper in the lane with 9:42 to go to cut the Coffeyville lead to 52-46. But Tony Hutson knocked down a 3-pointer for the Ravens. A couple of minutes later, Manny Crump hit a 3-pointer to give the Ravens a 63-48 lead with 7:47 to go.
Hutch's largest deficit was 18 at 70-52 with 4:51 to play.
The Blue Dragons were held to a season-low offensive output and shot 24 of 53 overall (45.3 percent). The Dragons were 4 of 13 from the 3-point line and just 15 of 30 from the foul line. The Dragons also committed 20 turnovers.
Coffeyville was 28 of 60 shooting (46.7 percent), but hit 11 of 22 3-pointers and 11 of 19 from the free-throw line. Coffeyville out-rebounded Hutch 36-35.
Crump finished with 11 points. Anthony Jones, Johnson and Hutson had nine points each.