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Hutchins’ free throws lift Vaqueros over Hancock, 60-59

Robert Hutchins led all scorers with 20 points, including the game-winning free throws with 0:06 to play. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)
Robert Hutchins led all scorers with 20 points, including the game-winning free throws with 0:06 to play. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)

Robert Hutchins dropped in two free throws with 3.1 seconds remaining on Saturday afternoon, lifting SBCC over Hancock 60-59 in a WSC North men's basketball game at Joe White Memorial Gym in Santa Maria.

Hutchins, a 6-foot sophomore guard from Bismarck, N.D., led all scorers with 20 points and also had four assists and three steals. The Vaqueros (3-16, 1-2) snapped a 13-game losing streak and posted their first win since Nov. 19 when they knocked off Hancock 99-92.

Tyler Crandall tied his season high with 16 points, all in the first half, and grabbed eight rebounds. Drayten Howell, a freshman point guard from Lompoc High, added 11 points and five assists.

Marcellus Garrick topped Hancock (10-13, 0-3) with 15 points.

Crandall scored the last six points of the first half, giving the Vaqueros a 39-33 lead.

The Bulldogs outshot the Vaqueros 45.1 to 40.7 percent and dominated the boards, 40-22. Hancock had twice as many turnovers (26-13), leading to 30 Vaquero points.

The Vaqueros went on a 10-2 run and took a 56-48 lead on a 3-pointer by Hutchins with 3:52 to play. Hutchins hit 7-16 field goals and 3-7 from long range.

The Bulldogs stormed back with an 8-0 run and tied the game at 56 on a triple by Garrick at the 1:44 mark. Hancock took its first lead since the opening minute, 59-58, on a layup by Kevawn Lord with 22 seconds left that capped an 11-2 burst.

The Vaqueros will host Moorpark on Wednesday at 5 p.m.