Tue., Feb 7th, 2012 [box score
]Costa Mesa, Calif. --
In a game that was a must win for an outside shot at the GSAC playoffs, the San Diego Christian men’s basketball team used a big run to start the game, and a late 17-5 run to close the game out, capturing a 88-73 win over Vanguard University on Tuesday night.
The win moves SDC to 6-14 overall and 2-11 in the GSAC. Vanguard falls to 13-11 overall and 5-8 in the GSAC. The Hawks are now one game behind Hope International and Fresno Pacific for the final GSAC playoff spot. SDC travels to FPU on Saturday and hosts HIU on Tuesday.
The Hawks started quickly, outscoring VU 29-10 over the first ten minutes of the game. The Hawks maintained a double figure lead for much of the first half. The Lions were able to cut into the SDC lead, hitting a three pointer right before half to cut the Hawks’ lead to 37-30.
SDC preserved the lead early in the second half, and pushed the lead to double figures at 49-38 on consecutive buckets from Tim Sanders. The Hawks then went on a 12-4 run over a three minute stretch to take a commanding 61-44 lead with 11:46 left on the clock.
SDC maintained the double figure lead until the Lions made a final push with a 13-2 run to cut the Hawk lead to 71-68. On the ensuing possession, SDC’s Calvin Seaberry grabbed an offensive board and hit Benji Arvizu for a layup and Arvizu was fouled on the play. Arvizu made the free throw to spark a 17-5 run that would give SDC the win.
The Hawks had a well-rounded effort, with all five starters scoring in double figures. Raphael Rodriguez (pictured left) led SDC in scoring with a career high 19 points, including hitting 4-5 three points attempts. Sanders and Seaberry each had a double-double for SDC, with Sanders scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds and Seaberry scoring 12 points and hauling in 11 boards. Arvizu added 13 points and Johnny Del Bene had 12 points and 7 assists. Off the bench, Arash Riahi added 9 points in 12 minutes.
SDC shot a sizzling 61.4% from the field for the game and dominated the glass, out rebounding VU 43-26. In addition, the Hawks dominated the paint, outscoring the Lions 46-26 down low.
The Hawks travel to Fresno Pacific on Saturday for a scheduled 4:30pm tip.