HUTCHINSON, Kan. - In a battle of nationally-ranked rivals, No. 10 Hutchinson held off No. 21 Butler by a 74-59 score on Wednesday at the Sports Arena.
Butler never led in the contest, but the game was tied three times early before Hutchinson closed the first quarter on a 10-0 run, taking a 25-11 lead.
Butler surged to start the second quarter, scoring the first five points as part of a 13-2 run. After a Dakota Vann 3-pointer, the Grizzlies trailed 27-24 with with 5:50 to go in the half.
Hutchinson answered with a run of its own, outscoring Butler 15-3 to build its largest lead of the half at 42-27.
Butler scored the final six points of the half, including a 3-pointer by Alecia Gulledge at the buzzer, to make it a 42-33 game at intermission.
The Grizzlies then scored the first four points of the third quarter and were back within five points at 42-37 before Hutch once again surged ahead. Butler trailed 60-46 going to the fourth quarter.
Butler sees its five-game winning streak come to an end and falls to 8-3 on the season, 5-3 in Jayhawk Conference play. Hutchinson is now 9-1 (7-1 KJCCC).
The Grizzlies will be on the road on Sunday for their final game of the first semester, taking on Cloud County in Concordia with a 2 p.m. tipoff.