Hutchinson CC Sports Information
LIBERAL – Sophomore Tyler Brown had career highs for points and 3-pointers to lead the No. 10-ranked Hutchinson Community College men's basketball team to its 12th consecutive season-opening victory on Friday at the Seward County/Pizza Hut Classic.
The Blue Dragons shot 66.7 percent in the second half to defeat Eastern Oklahoma State 93-74 at Seward County's Green House.
Hutchinson opened a season on the road for just the second time in 30 seasons and opened in a road classic for the first time since the 1988-89 season. The Blue Dragons are now 69-19 all-time in 88 season openers.
Brown knocked down a career-high 6 of 7 3-pointers for a career-high 20 points to lead the Blue Dragons.
The Blue Dragons shot 57.1 percent for the game, hitting 32 of 56 overall shots. The Dragons were 11 of 23 from 3-point range and 16 of 22 from the foul line. The Dragons out-rebounded Eastern Oklahoma State 50-27. Singleton had eight rebounds to lead Hutchinson.
The Blue Dragons held Eastern Oklahoma State to 34.2 percent overall shooting (26 of 76). EOSC hit 6 of 37 3-pointers and 12 of 17 from the foul line.
Hutchinson turned the ball over 29 times, while forcing only 11 Eastern turnovers.
The Blue Dragons led only 34-24 at halftime despite shooting 46.2 percent. Despite the numerous turnovers, the Dragons racked up 59 points in the second half, hitting 20 of 30 shots overall, including eight 3-pointers.
Hutchinson is now 3-1 all-time against Eastern Oklahoma State. The teams last played in 2009.