By Nick Fortini
EL CAJON, Calif. – In last week's home game against then No. 5 Westmont College, San Diego Christian was able to come from behind and erase a 19-point deficit. But in Tuesday night's battle against No. 25 Arizona Christian, the Hawks were unable to duplicate the magic as they lost 95-76 at the Ryan Athletic Center.
Much of SDCC's success in the Westmont game last week was their ability to make a bundle of 3-pointers. This was not the case against the Firestorm. The Hawks only shot 19 percent from beyond the arc. SDCC (6-14, 3-8) never led in the game.
ACU (17-6, 7-4) was able to get on the board quickly and jumped to a 12-2 lead just seven minutes in. The lead would stretch to 19 with seven minutes remaining when ACU's Jordan Block converted an old fashioned 3-point play. Block finished with 24 points, tied with teammate Charles King for a game-high.
The Hawks, however, were able to cut into the lead just before half. Kevin Dawson, Kwaminique Brandon, and Peter Beale-Wirsing each scored four points to help the Hawks go on a 12-5 run to end the half and keep SDCC close going to the locker room trailing 41-29.
The start of the second half gave the Hawks some life. Down 11 with 18:27 remaining, Dawson and Derek Dickerson both hit 3-pointers to bring the deficit to five, which caused ACU's coach Jeff Rutter to call a timeout to stop the bleeding. Dawson led the team with 19 points.
San Diego Christian would keep the game close until the Firestorm went on a run to seal the game. ACU went on an 11-2 run and was on top 65-49 with 10 minutes left. SDCC chopped the lead down to 11 with 7:49 remaining in the game but that was the closest they would get as Arizona Christian stepped on the gas and took control to clinch their seventh league win overall and third in a row.
The Firestorm shot 51 percent from the field and were 25-of-27 from the charity stripe. San Diego Christian went 25-of-63 (39.7 percent) from the field and turned the ball over 12 times, which converted into 19 points for ACU.
The Hawks welcome The Master's College on Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.