Led by Solomon Thomas' career high 37 points, Kansas City Kansas Community College's hot-shooting Blue Devils raced to an 84-52 win over Saint Mary's JV Friday night.
The Blue Devils were an identical 14-of-27 shots each half for 51.9 percent in boosting their season's record to 5-3. The win sets up a pivotal home non-conference test against Division I Iowa Western Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Thomas had a spectacular shooting night, draining 8-of-11 three-pointers and 13-of-18 overall in his 37-point performance. The eight 3-pointers tied Thomas for eighth on the all-time list. He also had a game high five assists and four rebounds.
Fellow guard Zion Buckner added 17 points and five steals and Sterling Hicks four 3-pointers for 12 points. Tyson Beringer led all rebounders with 10 along with seven points as the Blue Devils had a 37-32 edge on the boards.
"It was so good to have the ball go through the hoop," said KCKCC Coach Kelley Newton. "We needed a game like this after a tough loss Wednesday (87-84 at North Arkansas). We still need to find that good chemistry but it was good to get into the flow of things tonight."
The Blue Devils had 16 three-point goals in 32 attempts, just five short of the all-time record. In addition to Thomas' eight, Hicks had four and Buckner and Malcolm Tate two each. KCKCC never led in the contest, building a 41-28 lead at halftime by holding the Spires to just 33.3 percent shooting.
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KCKCC freshman guard Solomon Thomas collides with Park's Larry Thomas as he puts up a shot in the Blue Devils' 84-52 win Friday. KCKCC's Josiah Laws (23) trails the play while Park's Milan Crawford is helpless to defend. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)
Solomon Thomas soars high above Park's Dillon Blain for two of his 37 points in KCKCC's 84-52 win. Thomas was 8-of-11 on 3-pointers and 13-of-18 overall. KCKCC's Tyson Beringer (35) trails the play while Park's Liam White (21) and Trent Guidry (22) look on. (KCKCC Photo by Ala