Redding, Calif. - The men's basketball team suffered another heartbreaking loss tonight, as they fell just short in an 89-88 loss at Simpson University.
Looking to avenge an overtime loss to the Red Hawks a couple of weeks ago, the Golden Eagles found themselves playing catch-up right from the start.
Simpson scored the first six point of the game, before La Sierra scored six straight points of their own, to cut the lead to 8-6 in the early minutes of the game.
With 4:01 remaining in the half, the Red Hawks crawled out to their largest lead of the half, 40-33, but it didn't take long for the Golden Eagles to erase the deficit as they caught Simpson at 40-40 with just under two minutes to play in the first half.
A Daveon Woods field goal gave the Golden Eagles a 46-44 lead by the end of the first half.
Through the first 10 minutes of the first half, it was back-and-forth action, with neither team holding more than a three point lead, until midway through the half when the Golden Eagles took their largest lead of the game, 66-60, on a Garrett Kiefer field goal.
But the Red Hawks caught La Sierra at 70-70 with 7:45 to play. In the final 7:45, the game consisted of seven tie scores and six lead changes.
The Red Hawks took a one-point lead, when Ian Corella hit a short jumper with 27 seconds remaining that proved to be the game winner.
The Golden Eagles had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but after Daveon Woods' shot missed the target, the subsequent rebound was tipped out-of-bounds, awarded to La Sierra with just .6 seconds left on the clock.
La Sierra called a timeout to set up a play, but the inbounds pass was tipped ever so slightly, exhausting the clock and handing La Sierra another tough loss. The tip proved even more costly as Ian Mozeleski collected the ball and sank a 25 foot shot, but it was clearly after the buzzer had sounded.
Woods led the team in scoring with 26 points and seven assists. Wolfgang Wood added 23 points and five rebounds. Rounding out the scoring was Taylor Scharffenberg who finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.
The men's basketball team will close out their season at home, on Thursday night. The Golden Eagles will play host to UC Merced on what will also serve as senior night. The game is slated for a 7:30 start, with the senior night festivities taking place just prior to tip-off.