PRATT, Kan. — After suffering its first loss of the season and being held to just 75 points at Cloud County Saturday, No. 9 Hutchinson got back to its scoring ways on the road at Pratt.
Aaron Franklin scored 34 and Ty Frierson got hot in the second half to post a career-high 29 as Hutchinson (8-1, 2-1) squeaked by the Beavers (4-4, 1-2).
The Beavers stayed in the contest behind Quintin Metcalf's 49 points. Metcalf's 49 ties the most ever scored against the Dragons in school history, tying an Ark City (now Cowley) record set in 1958.
The Dragon defense has now allowed an opponent to shoot 60-plus percent in four consecutive halves. The Beavers finished 63.2% from the field.
The teams went into halftime tied at 58.
The Dragons then built a 10-point lead with 6:10 remaining. That lead expanded to 11, but dissipated less than three minutes later as the Beavers went on a 13-3 run.
A couple of reverse layups later and the Dragons got some breathing room in the final two minutes.
Franklin scored on a cut to the basket with 1:40 left to give Hutchinson the 115-112 lead. Frierson then scored an acrobatic reverse layup to extend the lead to five.
Chidi Obichere scored an And-1 with 19.8 seconds left, but failed to hit the free throw.
The Beavers went into foul mode and sent Frierson to the line twice in the final 12 seconds. He went 3 of 4 and put the Dragons up by four with four seconds remaining.
Obichere took the final outlet of the game down the middle of the floor and slammed the ball through the hoop as time expired.
FINAL: Hutchinson 120 Pratt 118