LA MIRADA, Calif.-The roller coaster that is the Golden State Athletic Conference men's basketball season continued for San Diego Christian College on Tuesday night. Three days after upsetting No.5 rated Westmont College, the Hawks fell on the road to Biola University 76-68 in a back and forth affair.
SDCC (6-12) and Biola (13-12) both sit one game back from fourth place at 3-6 in GSAC play with five games remaining in the regular season.
Biola started to chip away, using a 13-0 run to tie the game at 23-23 with 9:26 remaining in the first half.
Neither team went on another large run, and SDCC was able to retake command late, building the lead back to 42-37 heading into halftime.
Dawson led SDCC with 19 first half points on 7-11 shooting, including 3-4 from beyond the arc.
Saharan connected on a 3-pointer on the Hawks' initial possession of the second half to give SDCC a 45-39 lead. The six point advantage would be largest lead for SDCC in the second half and the largest for either team until Biola connected on free throws in the final minute.
The second half saw three ties and an astounding seven lead changes. In the hotly contested second half, SDCC claimed their final lead at 62-60 with 7:34 on the clock when Dawson knocked down a jumper.
Biola scored on three consecutive possessions to take a 66-62 lead with 4:38 remaining. Moments later, Peter Beale-Wirsing tipped in a missed 3-point attempt to cut the lead to 66-64.
The Eagles' David Cline and Dawson exchanged a pair of free throws and the BU lead stood at 68-66 with just over two minutes left in the game.
SDCC was unable to convert on the offensive end and Biola made six free throws in the final :33 to capture the win.
Dawson finished the game with 23 points on 8-13 shooting. Saharan added 17 points and 7 rebounds and Beale-Wirsing had 10.
Cline led the way for BU with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Jeremy Pope (13 points), Mike Kurtz (12 points), and Dakota Anderson (10 points), also scored in double figures.
SDCC shot 43.1 percent (25-28) from the field in the loss. BU was 28-56 (50%), including 14-26 in the second half. The Eagles have benefited from hot second half shooting in the two games with the Hawks. In the two matchups with SDCC, BU shot 61.4 percent (27-44) in the second half.
The Hawks travel to Concordia on Saturday, February 9. Game time is set for 7:30pm. A win would push SDCC ahead of the Eagles in the standings and give the Hawks the tiebreaker over the defending national champions.