EL CAJON, Calif. – The Hawks took 22 free throws in the last 1:32 against Westmont in a Golden State Athletic Conference battle.
San Diego Christian converted on 14 of them and walked away with their first conference win off the season as they beat the Warriors 98-95 Saturday night.
Derek Dickerson scored five of the last six free throws to secure the win. Dickerson finished with 21 points. Michael Lambert finished with a season-high 24 points. Lambert also brought down six rebounds. Rafael Rodriguez added 22 points and Trevor English was also in double figures with 15. Kwaminique Brandon scored seven points and dished out nine assists.
Rodriguez hit two free throws to increase the Hawks lead by seven with 1:32 remaining in the game. Westmont was able to dwindle that lead to one point after a dunk and a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. Dickerson was fouled and went to the line. He hit the first free throw but missed the second. Trevor English battled two Warrior rebounders as the ball was last touched by Westmont and went out of bounds. Dickerson was fouled again with the ball with eight seconds left. He converted on both this time around.
Westmont hit a 3-pointer with a second left to bring the score within one point again. Dickerson was fouled right away, as there was .1 seconds on the clock. Dickerson converted on the last freebies for the 3-point win.
With the win, the Hawks improve to 5-6 on the season and 1-1 in GSAC play. Westmont falls to 11-5 and 0-2 in conference.
Christopher Miller scored a game-high 26 points for the Warriors. Mantas Drungys was next with 22.
The Hawks took the lead early in the game. Dickerson converted on a layup to give SDC an 8-6 advantage. They would lead the rest of the half going into the half up one, 44-43. The Warriors' Daniel Carlin slammed home a dunk for the first basket in the second half as Westmont held a brief lead. The largest lead for any team didn't reach above three points for the majority of the second half until Lambert hit a field goal with 2:02 left for a five point SDC lead, 84-79.
Both teams shot the same 57.1 field goal percentage. The Hawks were 32-of-56 while Westmont was 36-of-63. The Warriors shot better from beyond the arc hitting 54.5 percent of their attempts. SDC was 8-of-20 (40 percent).