Tue., Jan 17th, 2012 [box score
]Fullerton, Calif. --
The San Diego Christian College men’s basketball team fell in the final seconds on Tuesday night, as the Hope International University Royals held off a late Hawk push to claim a 60-58 win. The loss is SDC’s fourth this season that came down to the final possession.
With the loss, the Hawks fall to 6-9 overall and 1-6 in the GSAC. HIU moves to 9-5 overall and 2-5 in the GSAC.
The first half saw HIU jump in front at the 16:50 mark and maintain the lead until the break. SDC tied the game at 11-11 on a Johnny Del Bene three pointer, but HIU took the lead back and stretched it to their biggest lead at 27-20 with 3:52 remaining in the first frame. The Hawks responded to cut the lead to 29-27 before the Royals connected on a three pointer right before half, heading into the locker room with a 32-27 advantage.
The Hawks immediately cut into the Royal lead when Tim Sanders drilled a three pointer to start the second half. SDC would then go on a 13-4 run over a four minute stretch to take their largest lead at 43-38 with 13:22 remaining in the game.
The Royals would respond quickly and used an 18-6 run to take the lead back and build their largest lead at 56-49 with just over four minutes left. After exchanging baskets, SDC’s Raphael Rodriguez knocked down a three pointer to slice the HIU lead to 58-54.
With :20 left in the game, the Hawks’ Benji Arvizu was fouled and knocked down a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 58-56. Following an SDC timeout, Arvizu fouled HIU’s Jeremy Kilgore. Kilgore knocked down the first free throw and missed the second. SDC’s Arturo Prieto grabbed the rebound and kicked the ball up the court, where Sanders converted a quick layup to cut the HIU lead to 59-58 with only :04 remaining.
HIU was able to inbound the ball and Sanders fouled the Royals’ Steve Jurich. Jurich made the first free throw and missed the second. The Hawks’ Rodriguez grabbed the rebound and brought the ball up the court but the last second heave was short, with the Royals claiming the 60-58 victory.
SDC was led by Sanders with a season high 17 points. Rodriguez added 11 points and three steals.
SDC struggled from the field, shooting only 39.6% (21-53) for the game. The Hawks forced 18 Royal’s turnovers, leading to 21 points.
The Hawks continue GSAC play on Friday, January 20th at Azusa Pacific with a scheduled 7:30pm tip.