EL CAJON, Calif.—The San Diego Christian College men's basketball team looked to have seized momentum late, but were unable to overcome sharp shooting down the stretch from The Master's College as the Mustangs held on for an 85-75 victory despite 33 points from SDCC's Derek Dickerson.
TMC now stands 15-12 overall and 4-8 in the GSAC. SDCC falls to 6-15 and 3-9 in conference play.
After both teams went back and forth early on, the Hawks went on a 13-4 run behind Dickerson to grab the lead. Dickerson connected on 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions and followed up with a jumper on a third consecutive possession, to put SDCC up 26-17 with just under eleven minutes left in the first half. After TMC's Devin Dyer made a 3-pointer, Dickerson drilled another shot from deep to give SDCC a 29-20 advantage with 9:11 on the clock.
The Mustangs then went on a 10-0 run to grab the lead. TMC was able to build their lead to 49-41 heading into halftime.
The first half saw two ties and eleven lead changes, before TMC's late run gave the Mustangs the halftime lead.
Dickerson had 24 points in the first half on 8-10 shooting, including 6-7 from beyond the arc.
The second half saw TMC maintain the lead, but SDCC kept the game within striking distance.
With TMC up 70-60 and seven minutes remaining, the Hawks went on a 7-0 run, capped off by an old-fashioned 3-point play from Andy Saharan, cutting the lead to 70-67 with 5:02 left in the game.
But The Mustangs responded with a run of their own, pushing their lead to 78-68 with less than four minutes left in the game. The Hawks were unable to get the game back within reach and TMC escaped with the win.
Dickerson ended the night with a career-high 33 points, connecting on 11-18 shots, including 7-11 from deep. Kwaminique Brandon added 11 points and 5 assists for the Hawks.
TMC had four in double figures, led by Travis Divita with 24 points off the bench. Dyer had 23 points, while Leif Karlberg chipped in with 16 points and Austin Loeb ended with 15 points.
SDCC was 25-50 (50 percent) from the field in the game and made 8-17 3-points attempts. The Mustangs shot 47.6 percent (30-63), including 11-26 (42.3 percent) from deep.
TMC won the battle on the glass, outrebounding SDCC 37-28. TMC also grabbed 18 offensive boards, leading to 23 second-chance points.
The Hawks play their final GSAC road game of the regular season on Tuesday, February 19, traveling to Hope International. Game time is set for 7:30pm.