[ By STEVE CARPENTER ]
[ HCC SPORTS INFORMATION ]
Photo courtesy of Joel Powers, HCC Sports Information
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The No. 2-ranked Hutchinson Community College men’s basketball team needed one victory to clinch back-to-back Jayhawk Conference championships on Wednesday night.
The Blue Dragons led by 25 points with 11:36 remaining in the game. They then had to survive a furious Cougar rally as the game was one-possession difference in the final minute. But the Blue Dragons survived and defeated the rival Cougars 95-89.
Hutchinson improves to 25-1 overall and 21-1 in the Jayhawk Conference. The Blue Dragons now have a five-game lead over the Cougars with four games to play.
Hutchinson win’s its 36th Jayhawk Conference men’s basketball championship in team history and its the first time the Blue Dragons have repeated as league champions since the 1987 and 1988 seasons.