LA MIRADA, Calif. – Derek Dickerson was needed again in the clutch from the free-throw line against Biola on Tuesday night.
The senior delivered two free throws to seal the victory with three seconds left for a 73-70 win against the Eagles. Dickerson also hit a banked 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock with 1:13 left in the game to give the Hawks a four point lead.
With the win, the Hawks improve to 6-6 overall and 2-1 in GSAC play. The Eagles fall to 11-8 and 1-2 in conference. San Diego Christian is off to its best start in conference since the 2006-07 season as that squad also started 2-1 in the first three games. That 2006-07 team went on to win the conference title and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament.
Josh Richardson was the first to score for the Hawks. His 3-pointer at the 19:21 mark gave San Diego Christian a 3-0 lead. Jhoan Camacho his a jumper to give San Diego Christian a seven point lead with 13:54 remaining in the half. The Hawks never trailed in the game.
The Hawks ended on an 18-5 run to close out the half for a 14-point halftime advantage.
San Diego Christian kept its distance midway though the second half. Richardson made a layup with 9:12 as the Hawks led 60-47.
But the Eagles wouldn't go away. A 20-8 run put Biola within one point with just under two minutes to go. The Hawks held strong, though, as Dickerson helped seal the victory.
San Diego Christian shot 52.7 percent from the floor in the win. They were 9-of-23 (39.1 percent) from beyond the arc and just shot 13 free throws in the game. They made six of those free throws for 46.2 percent. Biola shot 42.9 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from deep. The Eagles led the rebound statistic with a 38-24 advantage. Each team took care of the ball limiting their turnovers. San Diego Christian tallied eight while Biola was one less at seven.
The Hawks will take their two-game conference win streak to one of the nation's best teams as they travel to No. 10-ranked Concordia University. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.