El Cajon, Calif.—A much needed quick trip home paid off for the San Diego Christian College men's basketball team Saturday night, as the Hawks used a late first half run to take control and defeat West Coast Baptist 80-60.
With the win, SDCC moves to 2-3 on the season.
"It was good to get home and get a win," said Head Coach Tim Cook. "There are a lot of things we need to work on, but we spread the floor and we shared the ball well."
"We extended them defensively and hit shots when we needed to."
SDCC started slowly, missing their first six shots and falling behind 5-0 before Andy Saharen tipped in his own missed shot four minutes into the game. The Eagles maintained their lead until SDCC went on a 20-4 run to turn a 15-11 deficit at the 10:45 mark, into a 31-19 lead with just over three minutes left in the half.
The Hawks continued to attack and built a 42-25 lead at intermission.
SDCC continued to maintain a large, double digit lead throughout the second half, building a lead as large as 24 before winning the game 80-60.
The Hawks shot 44.6% from the field for the game, including connecting on 11-24 (45.8%) three point attempts. SDCC also had 24 assists as a team and dominated the glass, outrebounding WCB 48-28.
"It feels good to get the win, but we have to understand that there are pertinent things that we must address," added Cook. "On a positive note, we are competing, and learning how to compete harder every day. And we are going to continue to get better."
"And I think with the upcoming stretch of games starting at Point Loma on Wednesday and then five NCAA Division I games, we get the opportunity to work on a lot against top tier competition as we continue to grow as a team."
SDCC continues their season traveling down the 8 freeway to battle former GSAC opponent Point Loma Nazarene on November 28 at 7:30pm.