Riverside, Calif. - Looking to end their skid, the men's basketball team played the second game of a doubleheader, tonight, at the Alumni Pavilion. The Golden Eagles were playing host to Simpson University, as they jumped back into conference play. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, they finished on the short end of an exciting game, losing in overtime by a final of 84-87.
In what proved to be a back-and-forth first half, the Red Hawks jumped out to an early 5-0 lead within the first minute of the ball game. The Golden Eagles quickly tied the score and took their first lead of the night, using a 14-5 run to take a 19-12 lead.
The seven-point lead would prove to be the largest lead for either team in the first half.
The Red Hawks clawed their way back to regain the lead, 20-19, with the help of an 8-0 run. With 5:16 remaining in the half, the Golden Eagles had regained the lead themselves, 28-23, on a lay-up by Taylor Scharffenberg.
But a large shift in momentum occurred in the final minute of the half that proved costly for the Golden Eagles. With the score tied at 32-32, guard Daveon Woods was assessed a technical foul, awarding the Red Hawks two free throws while retaining possession of the ball. After two made free throws, Simpson's Jonnie Washburn connected on a 3-point field goal, sending the Red Hawks into the halftime break with a 37-32 lead.
The Golden Eagles were able to regroup and quickly erased the five-point deficit to regain the lead, 40-37, with an 8-0 run. For the next 13 minutes, the two teams went back-and-forth, with neither team holding more than a four-point lead during that span.
With eight minutes remaining, and the score tied 62-62, the Golden Eagles used a timely 9-1 run, to take a 71-63 with four minutes left to play. But the Red Hawks mounted their own, timely, 6-0 run, cutting the lead to 75-73 with 46 seconds on the clock. With 22 seconds on the game clock, Woods answered by connecting on 1-of-2 free throws, to extend the lead to 76-73.
Simpson subsequently missed a 3-point field goal to tie the game, with 12 seconds remaining. But the Golden Eagles were unable to convert from the free throw line, giving Simpson life. And the Red Hawks took full advantage when Washburn finished the second half in similar fashion to how he finished off the first half, by connecting from beyond the arc to tie the score with the game clock under the 10-second mark.
The Golden Eagles had a shot at the buzzer to win the game, but Woods jumped fell short, sending the game into overtime.
In the overtime period, the two team traded baskets throughout the 5-minute period, with the Red Hawks being the only team to hold a lead in the period. There were a total of four ties including an 84-84 tie with under a minute to play. With the game clock ticking down to the final second, the Red Hawks tracked down on key offensive rebound, setting thing up for Amon Schenk to knocked down the game winning 3-point shot with only two seconds remaining on the clock.
La Sierra had a shot to send the game into a second overtime, but Ian Mozeleski's half court heave sailed off target, securing the comeback victory for the Red Hawks.
With the loss the Golden Eagles drop to 1-5 in Cal Pac play (3-19 overall).
Taylor Scharffenberg finished with a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds in addition to four assists, while Daveon Woods led the team in scoring with 30 points and six rebounds.
Freshmen guard Wolfgang Wood pitched in with 24 points and six rebounds, and Garrett Kiefer tallied 10 rebounds along with eight points.
Simpson finished with five players in double figures, led by Dalton Thacker who finished with 20 points.
The men's basketball team will again, play the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday night, when they host William Jessup University. The two teams split their two meetings last season, with each team winning on their home court. The Warriors are currently 2-1 in Cal Pac play (8-9 overall). The men's game will start at approximately 8pm.