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Hawks Use Huge Second Half to Tame Wildcats

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CC_GSACFri., Dec 30th, 2011 [box score]
El Cajon, Calif. --Coming off of a heart breaking loss the night before, the San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team was looking to grab a victory in their last non-conference home game of the season against Baker University (KS) on Friday night. .

The Hawks used a dominating second half on both ends of the court to capture a 77-51 victory over the Wildcats.

“We played a good game and stepped up after last night’s loss,” said Senior Captain Tim Sanders. “We played a complete game after only playing one good half last night. We focused on playing tough defense and holding them to a low shooting percentage.”

The game was tight much of the first half, with the lead changing four times. After SDC jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead after a pair of Xavier Mylleville (pictured left) free throws, BU went on a 17-4 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 21-16 with 9:46 remaining in the first half. The Hawks responded with a run of their own, capped off when Keenan Patterson drilled a three pointer with 4:35 left in the half to push SDC up 31-24. The Wildcats fought back and were able to cut the Hawk lead to 39-35 at intermission.

SDC came out of the locker room with renewed intensity on both the defensive and offensive ends of the court. The Hawks went on a 21-5 run over the first ten minutes of the second half to blow the game open. Time and time again, SDC would hit shots on offense, while forcing BU into 10 second half turnovers and limited the Wildcats to 5-24 (20.8%) shooting in the second half. SDC shot 61.1% from the field in the second half while also connecting on 6-8 three pointers.

SDC was led by Sanders with 17 points. Johnny Del Bene added 14 points and Benji Arvizu had 12 points.

The Hawks forced 17 turnovers and converted the Wildcat turnovers into 26 points. SDC also connected on 10-18 three pointers.

SDC resumes GSAC play on Tuesday, January 3rd at Point Loma Nazarene University.

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