OREM, Utah – In their last NCAA Div. I game of the year, the SDC men's basketball team found themselves up early against Utah Valley. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Wolverines found their stride late in the first half and held on to an 88-79 victory.
The Hawks led thanks to their hot shooting early on making their first five shots out of eight attempts to take a 12-6 lead. They led by as much as eight with 14:57 remaining in the half.
SDC held onto their lead until 5:57 left in the first. Shayne Travers regained the lead for the Hawks in the next possession as his layup made it 28-27.
Utah Valley then answered with a 14-5 run to end the half and with an eight point lead, 41-33. The Hawks led for 12:41 total in the first half.
The Wolverines then poured it on, increasing their lead to 27, 75-48, with 7:56 left to go in the game. But at their lowest point in the game, the Hawks battled back and showed no quit going on a huge run of their own. SDC cut the deficit to just nine points, going on a 25-7 run.
Nine points was the closest they would get the rest of the game.
Playing without their top two scorers, the Hawks shot 47 percent from the floor including 42 percent from beyond the arc. Daniel Nielsen led with 19 points and chipped in four assists. Mark Eden was next in double figures with 17 as Michael Lambert and Travers were also in double figures with 15 and 14 respectively.
The Hawks are back in GSAC play on Tuesday as they host The Master's College at 7:30 p.m. at Grossmont College.