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Men's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 4, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Charles Trotter finished with 17 points and six boards at SDC (Photo by Liza Rosales)
Charles Trotter finished with 17 points and six boards at SDC (Photo by Liza Rosales)
(RV)Hope International
San Diego Christian College

SAN DIEGO, CA – (RV) Hope International traveled for its first game after a three-week home stretch and added another win to its overall and conference tallies with a tilt at San Diego Christian on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Royals shot almost 60% from the field as a team in the rematch and completed the sweep of the 2016-17 series with a 76-62 final tally in regulation.

The Royals outscored the Hawks by twenty points in the pained area and got 28 points from their reserves to complete the season sweep of SDC – Liam Hunt (JR/San Anselmo, CA) led all players with a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds while also accounting for three assists, two steals, and a block in 30 minutes of play. Charles Trotter (SO/Slidell, LA) also had a great night to go with Hunt as Trotter piled up 17 points, six boards, and three steals.

The Royals led nearly wire to wire and never trailed by more than one to their hosts – Kyle Hoag (SR/Mission Viejo, CA) and Hunt combined for the Royals' first 11 points and put HIU in front 11-6 after the first three minutes of play.

SDC fought tooth and nail with the Royals through the first 15 minutes of the half and grabbed a one-point lead with 7:19 left in the first period, but a pair of layups from Daniel Young (JR/Las Vegas, NV) and Hunt put HIU back in front for good as the Royals outscored SDC 13-2 in answer over the next three minutes. SDC was able to rally back and undo most of the damage in the final minutes but at the half, the Royals still led with a 38-32 tally over their hosts.

An early triple out of the halftime intermission cut the Royals' lead to three and the Hawks continued to threaten for the next five minutes. A timely trey by Devin Greene (FR/Sacramento, CA) pushed the lead to eight with a 52-44 tally six minutes into the second half and the Royals never let up from there.

A six-point lead with 12:24 left to play swelled to 13 after Donny Punter (JR/Long Island, NY) set up Josh Smith (SR/National City, CA) for a dunk and a Smith block at the other end turned into a transition layup for Punter – Punter also hit an and-one free throw to stretch the lead. A pair of free throws by Deondre Bryant (JR/Santa Ana, CA) with 4:43 left to play ensured that the Royals would never lead by less than ten again in the game and Trotter combined with Punter to score eight of the Royals' last 10 points to ice the win.

The Royals were able to outlast the hometown Hawks with another impressive performance defensively on the perimeter – HIU surrendered only three made triples all night and held the Hawks to below 25% shooting from beyond the arc. For their part, HIU only took three shots from outside and made two of three, scoring an incredible 70 of their 76 points inside the arc.

HIU improves to 19-5 overall with the win and is now alone atop the GSAC standings with an 8-2 mark in conference after No. 6 Biola suffered an upset on the road at No. 23 The Master's tonight. Despite the fact that the Eagles are 1-0 against HIU this season, the Royals are a half-game in front of Biola with one fewer loss and are now alone in first place with a tilt at home against The Master's next Thursday, Feb. 9 at home.

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