Wed., Nov 16th, 2011 [box score
]San Diego, Calif.--
In a game that was defined by runs, it was the University of San Diego Toreros that took advantage of an 18-3 run in the second half to blow open a close game in route to 89-63 win over the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team on Wednesday night. The Hawks stormed back after being down at half to take an advantage at the 13:16 mark, only to see that Torero run put the game out of reach. The Hawks were playing their second game in three days against a NCAA Division I program after falling at Utah 58-55 on Monday night.
“This is another step in the learning process,” said Head Coach Tim Cook. “To go from playing a Pac 12 school, having one day off, and facing a WCC school tonight, we are able to see who we are as a team. USD is a well coached team that took advantage of their post presence, wore us down, and pulled away.”
The first half saw both teams go back and forth early with the score knotted at 14-14. The Toreros took advantage of a 16-2 run midway through the first half to take the lead. It appeared as fatigue set in late in the first half for the Hawks and USD stretched their lead to 32-20 at the break.
“Halftime was a teachable moment,” said Cook. “We needed to fight through and play with heart. We have great character and we need to continue that as we play teams at our level.”
The Hawks had renewed energy coming out of the locker room, with Xavier Mylleville hitting a jumper and Benji Arvizu promptly attacking the hoop, getting fouled, and knocking down the Hawks’ first free throw of the game to cut the lead into single digits. SDCC would continue to make shots, and the run moved to 10-0 to start the second half, forcing USD to call a timeout.
The teams went back and forth with SDCC continuing to cut into the lead. Johnny Delbene (pictured left) drilled a three pointer off an assist from Tony Cali with 13:16 left in the game to push the Hawks in front 41-40. Over the next five minutes, The Toreros went on an 18-3 run to put the game out of reach. Overall, USD scored 47 points in the final 13:00 of the game to SDCC’s 21.
The Hawks were led by Arvizu with 17 points on 6-8 shooting. Delbene contributed with 11 points and Arturo Prieto added 11 points off the bench.
The game saw seven ties and four lead changes which led to some tense moments. The Toreros got hot in the second half, knocking down 20 of 31 shots, including shooting 5-10 from the three point line. USD controlled the glass as well, grabbing 42 rebounds to SDCC’s 25.
In the end, Cook was satisfied with his team’s performance.
“I am pleased where we are right now. We play one of the toughest schedules in America, and we need to build off of the experiences that we have against these Division I schools. As we start to play our level of competition, we will continue to learn to win and learn to be a team.”
The Hawks host Travecca Nazarene University on Friday at 7:30pm.