Seth Stanley scored 16 of his game high 28 points in the second half to break open a close game as the Hendrix Warriors beat Millsaps College 94-71.
It was Hendrix's first home game since a 70-65 win over Ozarks University on Nov. 27.
Stanley's 3-point basket early in the game helped the Warriors grab an early 5-2 advantage in a game in which they led wire-to-wire.
“We utilized our guards to get him easy looks,” Hendrix coach Thad McCracken said of Stanley. “I’m glad he’s on my team.”
Sean Coman – who chipped in 16 for Hendrix – buried one from deep in the corner to extend the lead for the Warriors at 10-6 a few possessions later.
Preston Smith added 13 points and Carl Finch tallied 11 for Hendrix.
The Warriors also finished 33 for 39 (84.6 percent) from the free-throw line.
Saxton Becker paced Millsaps with 15 points.
Millsaps closed within 14-13 following a jumper by Zachary Tullos and a driving lay-up by Newton Gillihan.
From there, the Warriors would complete a 19-8 run with Trey Rouse, Jake Riding and Preston Smith all connecting on 3-point buckets.
Stanley's step back 3-pointer with 46 seconds in the half set the Warriors up with their largest lead of the contest at 41-28.
Hendrix finished a blistering 50 percent (11 for 22) from the field in the first half – including 45 percent (6 for 15) from behind the arc and led 91-64 with 2:27 left in the contest.
“I thought we were moving the ball well and my teammates did a good job in finding me,” Stanley said. “We are definitely move comfortable playing and shooting in this gym. I thought the pace of our press set the tone of all the fouls going on late in the game.”
Stanley was 13 for 18 from the field and grabbed five rebounds for Hendrix.
While the opening half between the teams moved at a seemingly breakneck pace, the second stanza slowed to an absolute crawl as the teams were whistled for a combined 44 personal fouls.
Hendrix (6-9, 2-2 SAA) will have three of their next four games at home.
After hosting Birmingham-Southern, the Warriors will face Berry (Jan. 18) and then Oglethorpe (Jan. 20).
McCracken hopes his Warriors can build on the momentum of what he felt was a complete win over the Majors (10-5, 2-2 SAA).
“I told our kids that as nice a win as this was we need to stay locked in and make sure we show up and play basketball to finish the second half of this weekend out,” McCracken said.