Escondido, Calif.—The San Diego Christian College men's basketball team played yet another powerhouse on Tuesday night, as the Hawks dropped a 78-67 contest to #20 Cal State San Marcos.
The Hawks fall to 1-3 with the loss. The Cougars have now won five straight games, including defeating #4 Robert Morris and GSAC teams Vanguard and #13 Biola, and are 5-1 on the season.
The Cougars took an early advantage, using a small run to build their largest lead of the first half at 15-7 with 13:35 left in the first half. SDCC kept chipping away and cut the Cougar lead to 23-22 on a three pointer by Andy Saharan at the 7:01 mark.
Both teams went back and forth the rest of the first half and CSUSM claimed a 38-32 halftime lead.
The Hawks scored the first five points of the second half to make it a one point game at 38-37, but the Cougars responded with a 9-2 run to stretch the lead to 47-39 with 16:44 on the clock.
SDCC refused to go away and went on a 12-4 run over a four minute stretch. Saharen scored eight of the points in the run and SDCC tied the game at 51-51 with 12:25 remaining.
CSUSM came right back and pieced together an 11-2 run to take the lead up to 62-53 with 8:09 left in the game.
The Hawks, in typical fashion, fought back and cut the Cougar lead to 70-67 on a Derrick Thompson layup with 2:40 on the clock. SDCC would not be able to score again and the Cougars pulled away, winning the game with their largest lead of the night, 78-67.
SDCC was led by Saharen with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Dawson added 12 points.
SDCC shot 43.3% (26-60) from the field for the game, although the normally sharp shooting Hawks only connected on 5-19 (26.3%) three point attempts.
The Hawks continue their season in an exhibition on Friday, November 23 at Cal State Fullerton. Game time is scheduled for 7:05.