Hendrix College junior Ammon Martin of Conway scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out seven assists with no turnovers, setting the tempo in the Warriors’ dominating 72-55 win over conference foe Rhodes College on Friday night at Grove Gymnasium.
Martin scored five of the Warriors’ first nine points and went 6-of-9 from the field in the first half. Hendrix (5-11, 1-7 SCAC) owned the paint in the first half, outscoring Rhodes (4-12, 0-8 SCAC) 28-10 down low. The Warriors’ lock-down defense created an 8-0 advantage on the fast break after six steals in the opening 20 minutes.
Hendrix led the entire way and owned the advantage by at least nine points for over 29 minutes. Martin hit a last-second layup to end the first half with the Warriors on top, 38-23.
Nick Heathscott’s free throw with 6:07 left on the clock gave Hendrix its first 20-point lead of the night. The Warriors eventually stretched the gap to a game-high 22 points on a layup from Martin with 3:11 remaining.
Martin was 7-of-11 from the field, 1-of-2 from distance and 1-of-2 from the foul line. He grabbed one offensive rebound and eight defensive boards. Martin also blocked one shot, snagged two steals and committed just one foul.
Chris Goodman tallied 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from long range. Heathscott, Nielsen and freshman Colton Primm all scored eight points, while senior James Ewing collected seven points and three assists.
The Warriors snapped a five-game skid with the victory.
Hendrix College outrebounded Rhodes, 53-33, and scored 19 second-chance points to snap a three-game skid. The Warriors had four players score double-digits in the 71-63 victory Friday afternoon at Grove Gymnasium.
Christina Byler led Hendrix (7-9, 4-4 SCAC) with 20 points and junior Katy Ashley-Pauley added 14 points. Junior Avery Roller was just two points off her career-high mark with 12 points, while first -ear Jamie Tate tallied 10 points and a team-best 12 boards for her third double-double of the season. Junior Anna Roane and Roller dished out five assists apiece.
Hendrix led the majority of the first half and owned a 36-30 advantage at halftime. The Warriors’ bench outscored the Lynx 12-0 in the first 20 minutes. The second half featured 10 lead changes and four ties.
Rhodes (5-11, 2-6 SCAC) closed the gap and took a three-point advantage with three straight shots from distance to start the half. Ashley-Pauley responded with a 3-pointer on the Warriors next possession to tie the game at 39-39 with 17:50 to go. The lead would change hands nine more times over the next eight minutes before Ashley-Pauley hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 9:51 left in regulation.
Hendrix teams host Birmingham-Southern today beginning with the women at 1 p.m.