IRVINE, Calif. – A hot-shooting second half from the Concordia University Eagles doomed the San Diego Christian College men's basketball team on Saturday night, as the Hawks fell on the road 92-77.
SDCC falls to 6-13 overall and 3-7 in the GSAC. Concordia has won three straight games, moving to 16-8 overall and 5-5 in conference play.
After both teams went back and forth early on, the Hawks took control midway through the first half. With the score tied at 14-14, SDCC went on a 12-4 run to take their largest lead at 26-18 with 7:40 left in the half.
SDCC maintained the lead until CU closed the half on a 21-8 run over the final six minutes to take a 43-38 lead at the break.
Kevin Dawson sparked the Hawks in the first half with 11 points on 4-6 shooting.
In the second half, Derek Dickerson connected on a 3-pointer at the 19:02 mark to cut the CU lead to 45-41. The Eagles then went on an 11-2 run to take a 56-43 lead with just under seventeen minutes left.
In all, the Eagles scored on five of their first six possessions of the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers from Peter Smith.
The Hawks, however, would not go away. After CU built the advantage to 66-53 with 12:42 remaining, SDCC went on a 10-5 run to get the deficit back to single digits on a dunk from Peter Beale-Wirsing.
SDCC would not be able to get any closer.
The Eagles consistently answered every run the Hawks would attempt to piece together and held on for the victory.
Dakota Downs paced the Eagles with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Tim Harris had 18 points, while Smith chipped in 14.
The Hawks shot 45.8 percent (27-59) from the field for the game, while CU was 33-69 (47.8 percent), including 17-28 (60.7 percent) in the second half.
The Eagles won the battle on the glass, outrebounding SDCC 43-32.
The Hawks host Arizona Christian on Tuesday, February 12. Game time is set for 7:30pm.