Santa Barbara, Calif.— The San Diego Christian College men's basketball team kept pace with #8 Westmont College for much of their contest on Saturday night, but could not pull off the upset on the road, falling to the Warriors 90-72.
SDCC falls to 4-7 overall and 1-1 in the GSAC. With the win, the Warriors are now 14-3 overall and 2-0 in the GSAC.
The Warriors grabbed an early advantage and held a slim lead for the entire first half. WC was able to stretch their lead to 22-13 with 8:02 remaining in the first half before Kwaminique Brandon nailed a 3-pointer and Derek Dickerson knocked down a jumper to cut into the lead.
The Hawks continued to chip away at the lead and tied the game on a Jacob Garcia 3-pointer with just over one minute left in the first half. The Warriors were able to close out the half with a 3-pointer and a layup to grab a 37-32 lead heading into the locker room.
Westmont scored the first five points of the second half to take a double digit lead at 42-32. SDCC continued to attack and a 3-pointer from Peter Beale-Wirsing made it a 45-39 WC advantage with 16:50 left in the game.
The Warriors then went on a 17-5 run to take a 62-44 lead with just over eleven minutes left on the clock. The Hawks started to chip away at the lead behind the scoring efforts of Kevin Dawson and Derek Dickerson. Dawson scored nine straight points for SDCC, followed by Dickerson connecting on three straight 3-pointers and SDCC brought the game into single digits at 74-65 after another Dawson 3-pointer with 5:13 on the clock.
The Warriors kept matching the Hawks, and SDCC could not get any closer. After Dickerson made a 3-pointer with 2:25 remaining to make it an 82-72 game, Westmont converted their free throw opportunities to stretch the lead out before the game ended.
In all, Dawson and Dickerson combined to score 26 of the team's final 28 points.
Westmont's offense was on fire in the second half, making 20-27 shots (74.1%), including 5-7 from beyond the arc. For the game, the Warriors were 35-55 (63.6%) from the field, while the Hawks were 27-68 (39.7%) and 12-28 (42.9%) from beyond the 3-point line.
Dickerson led the Hawks with 19 points, connecting on 5-10 from deep. Dawson added 15, while Beale-Wirsing had 14 and Derrick Thompson had 11 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals.
The Hawks welcome Biola University to campus for the GSAC home opener on Tuesday, January 15. Game time is scheduled for 7:30pm.