Hutton makes most of his rare start for SAU


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Posted Online: Feb. 02, 2013, 10:15 pm
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By Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com
St. Ambrose University men's basketball coach Ray Shovlain would love for his team to learn a few of life's lessons and maybe mirror the way things are going for Josh Hutton.

The former Orion High School standout may not have had the most illustrious collegiate cage career, but he sure is finishing it in fashion. Hutton, showing resiliency and resolve in his game, popped for 13 points, including a huge triple late in the contest, to help the Fighting Bees to a 63-53 victory over Grand View in Midwest Collegiate Conference action at Lee Lohman Arena.

Saturday's start was just the second of Hutton's three-year, 51-game SAU career. In the latter stages of his senior year season, Hutton is showing that his stick-to-it attitude can pay off. His 13 points in a career-high 31 minutes were just one off a career high that he logged twice this season off the bench. In five of his last six games, he has scored in double-digits.

Hutton's contributions – along with solid play from the other seven Bees to see action-- helped SAU (8-15, 3-6 MCC) win for just the third time in the last 13 games, dropping former Quad-Citian Denis Schaefer's club to 9-12, 3-6.

Shovlain is happy to see Hutton's career finish with a flourish and would like his team to follow suit with what he calls five winnable games left on the regular-season schedule.

"He's a very good example of the success stories we've had here over the years of guys who have worked hard and contributed significantly,'' said Shovlain. "A lot of people and parents don't quite get it, how much contribution is being made to the program without much playing. … His career has gone like a lot of people's lives. There have been some bumps in the road, and you're going to have to respond. He is one who has responded.''

There may have been no better example of that than Saturday. He hits two early 3-pointers to get the Bees off to a good start and then buried a huge triple from the right corner with the shot clock running down late in a possession that put away the game between two clubs that played hard and battled.

"We're calling some set plays to get him to where he can shoot,'' said Shovlain, whose club also received 16 points and nine rebounds from starter Sam Ainsworth in a four-guard lineup.

Hutton just enjoys being a contributor – especially to a much-needed victory.

"Just getting the opportunity in my senior year to come out and do what I can to help this team get wins … is a really good feeling,'' said Hutton.

Shovlain now would like to see his team bounce back from its struggles and see similar dividends to Hutton's individual success.

"I'm proud of the guys and the way they have responded,'' said Shovlain of Saturday much-needed victory.

While it was the same story for GVU losing the grip on a close game late, the Bees were glad to finally have one go their way.

"Down the stretch today, it was nice to finally put it together and work our way out and get that win,'' said Hutton. "We've got to win these close games to have any chance down the stretch and we do have the ability to win down the stretch.''





BASKETBALL
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St. Ambrose 63, Grand View 53
GRAND VIEW (9-12, 3-6 MCC)
Gentry 5-10 0-0 4 4 10, Osorno 1-5 0-0 3 2 3, Babalolo 2-7 0-1 4 2 4, Scruggs 2-5 1-4 1 2 5, Ingle 6-9 3-4 2 6 18, Bontrager 3-5 0-0 3 2 6, Fondell 1-4 0-0 2 2 2, Wills 0-2 0-0 1 2 0, Cunningham 1-2 0-0 1 2 2, Lohmann 1-5 0-0 0 2 3, Hargrove 0-2 0-0 0 1 0, Mackey 0-0 0-0 0 1 0. Team rebounds 2. Totals 22-56 4-9 21 30 53.

ST. AMBROSE (8-15, 3-6 MCC)
Hutton 4-8 1-2 0 4 13, Frazier 3-6 3-5 2 3 9, Blondell 1-8 0-0 2 3 2, Galloway 1-4 6-6 4 6 8, Ainsworth 6-9 4-4 1 9 16, Adkins2-6 0-0 1 3 6, Fiol 1-1 1-1 2 1 3, Thompson 2-5 1-2 2 3 5. Team rebounds 2. Totals 20-47 16-20 14 34 63.

Halftime: SAU 32-27. 3s: GVU 5-18 (Ingle 3-3, Osorno 1-5, Lohmann 1-5, Fondell 0-1, Hargrove 0-1, Babalolo 0-3); SAU 7-23 (Hutton 4-7, Adkins 2-5, Blondell 1-7, Frazier 0-1, Galloway 0-1, Thompson 0-2). Assists: GVU 10 (Gentry 2, Osorno 2, Cunningham 2); SAU 12 (Blondell 6). Turnovers: GVU 15, SAU 14. Blocks: SAU 3 (Thompson 2, Ainsworth). Steals: GVU 6 (Ingle 2); SAU 10 (Frazier 4).












 




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