LOGAN, Utah -- The Men's basketball traveled to play Utah State in an exhibition game Saturday night. The Aggies shot 50 percent from the floor to defeat the Hawks 84-53.
With the win, Utah State improves to 10-2 on the season. SDC isn't charged with the loss since it was an exhibition.
Derek Dickerson tied a game-high 17 points for the Hawks. He was 6-of-11 from the field including 4-of-7 from trey. SDC finished shooting 34.7 percent from the floor. Trevor English added 11 points and Andy Saharan came back to play after missing several games with an injury to score 10 points.
"Coach Morrill does such an unbelievable job with his team," Head Coach Tim Cook said. "They are such a steady program; it was a blessing to come in here and compete against them."
The Hawks held a slight lead minutes into the game. Dickerson hit a 3-pointer as SDC was leading 5-4 with 18:01 to play in the first. But that was the last lead SDC saw as the Aggies led the rest of the way. Utah State dominated on the boards winning the rebound battle 56-17.
"The tale of the game was the rebounding," coach Cook said. "You can't get out-rebounded 56-17. It's just unbelievable how hard they hit the glass and how relentless they are on the boards. We did a great job of hitting shots. I really liked the way we executed in different areas, but they just exploited us on the glass."
SDC forced 15 turnovers that resulted in 22 points. The Hawks were careful with the ball only allowing eight turnovers.
"Defensively we need to get a lot better with our communication and make sure that we are stronger in that way," coach Cook said. "This is all built in for us to play really well at the NAIA level, it's great for us to look at this game and get better."
The Hawks are back in action New Year's Eve as they hosted Thompson Rivers University from Canada. Tip off for the game is 4 p.m. in the Ryan Athletic Center.