El Cajon, Calif.—It was a tale of two halves at the Ryan Athletic Center on Tuesday night.
The San Diego Christian College men's basketball team dominated the first half, but fell victim to a hot-shooting second half from the Biola University, as the Eagles shot 72.2 percent from the field in the second half to overcome a nine point halftime lead for SDCC and capture a 72-64 victory.
SDCC falls to 4-8 overall and 1-2 in the GSAC. Biola is now 10-8 and 1-2 in conference play.
The Hawks grabbed the lead early in the first half, slowly stretching it out. After a small run by the Eagles knotted the game at 29-29, SDCC went on a 10-0 run, capped off by consecutive 3-pointers from Raphael Rodriguez and Derek Dickerson to give SDCC to their largest margin at 39-29. A Biola free throw right before halftime made the score 39-30 at the break.
The Hawks were sparked by Dickerson's 17 points in the first half. The junior guard made his first five 3-point attempts and was 6-8 from the field at the break.
SDCC shot 15-27 (55.6%) from the field in the first half, while limiting the Eagles to 8-25 (32%) shooting.
The second half went back and forth for most of the time, with a total of three ties and seven lead changes.
After SDCC captured a 54-49 lead on a tip-in by Garrett Ellwood with just over ten minutes to play, the Eagles went on a 9-0 run over the next four minutes to take the lead.
Rodriguez's layup with 4:52 left in the game cut the Biola lead to 58-57, but SDCC could not get any closer.
The Eagles did not miss a shot in the final nine minutes of the game, while also connecting on 10-11 free throws in that same timespan.
The biggest discrepancy came at the free throw line, where Biola was 24-28 and SDCC was 7-9.
The Hawks were led by Dickerson's 24 points. Rodriguez added 14 and Ellwood had 13 points and 9 rebounds.
The Eagles had four players score in double figures, led by Jeremy Pope with 19 points. Mike Kurtz and Dakota Anderson had 17 points each, while Cody Whittick had 11.
Both teams continue conference play on Saturday night with The Hawks welcoming defending national champion Concordia University to campus and Biola hosts The Master's College. Both games tip at 7:30pm