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Santa Monica tops Vaqueros 85-66 in season opener

Sophomore guard Robert Hutchins hit 4-7 from the field, 3-5 from 3-point range and 6-6 from the free-throw line in Friday's season opener. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)
Sophomore guard Robert Hutchins hit 4-7 from the field, 3-5 from 3-point range and 6-6 from the free-throw line in Friday's season opener. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)

Santa Monica shot 57.7 percent in the first half on Friday and went on to beat SBCC 85-66 in a men's basketball opener at the Corsairs' gym.

SMC led 44-33 at intermission and outshot the Vaqueros for the game, 49.1 percent to 38.7. The Corsairs had five players in double figures, led by Isiah Ajiboye with 13 points.

Robert Hutchins topped SBCC (0-1) with 17 points, Ben Clay had 13 points and six rebounds and Robert Livingston scored 10 points in 13 minutes. Evan Tillman was the rebound leader with nine and Dondre Butler had seven points and eight assists.

The Vaqueros commited 27 turnovers and were 4-for-17 on 3-pointers. They made just 58.3 percent on free throws (14-24) while Santa Monica hit 75.8 percent (25-33).

The Vaqueros will take on Bakersfield on Saturday at 3 p.m. on the final day of the Santa Monica Crossover Tournament.