The Saints collected a victory in their conference-opener Wednesday night, as freshman Reggie Chamberlain made the game-winning lay-up with :03.3 remaining in double overtime to knock off two-time defending Jayhawk West champion, Dodge City Community College at the Green House. Chamberlain guided the Saints with a season-high 29 points on 5-of-7 shooting from long range. Despite committing 25 turnovers and allowing an opponent season-high 50 total rebounds, the Saints claimed the victory in both teamsí first game following the winter break.

The Saints lead the series against Hutch 8-7 over the last seven years, with a 5-2 advantage at the Green House, a 1-0 lead in Region VI Tournament action, and the Blue Dragons owning a 5-2 record at the Sports Arena. In the first meeting last season, the Saints knocked off the then-nationally ranked Blue Dragons, 79-68, in Liberal, before Hutch dominated the Saints 89-70 at the Sports Arena.

Hutchinson reloaded in the off-season with several key newcomers who had experience at the NCAA D-I level. Blue Dragon sophomore guard Bobby Maze is perhaps the top newcomers in the Kansas junior college ranks after gaining valuable experience as a freshman at the University of Oklahoma. Maze, who has collected three 30-plus scoring games this season, has lived up to the hype averaging 20.2 ppg., and ranking among NJCAA leaders with 7.2 assists per contest. Hutchinson dropped four of their first nine games, but finished their non-conference schedule with five straight wins. The Blue Dragons last victory came on New Yearís Day at home against Friends Univ. J.V. (89-62).