ST. GEORGE — Junior forward Derek Owen led all Dixie State scorers with 14 points coming off the bench, helping the Red Storm earn its 11th straight victory, 77-59 over Cal Baptist in front of 2,135 fans inside the Burns Arena on Tuesday night.
Dixie State improved to 18-4 on the season and 13-1 inside the Pacific West Conference.
McKay Massey hit both of his 3-point attempts and sank 5-for-5 from the line en route to 13 points, while Maurice Cole chipped in 11 points and five assists.
The Storm opened the game on an 18-5 run over the first eight minutes after CBU took their only game lead with a free throw, 1-0. Cole began the stretch with a lay-in, Solomon Jensen and Massey added jumpers in an initial six-point spurt.
Dixie State led by as many as 18 points before taking a 38-25 lead into intermission.
Cal Baptist's Justus Von Wright led the Lancers (15-5, 9-4 PWC) during a run that cut the Red Storm's lead down to eight points, 44-36 at the 15:23 mark. A quick 5-0 spurt — a Dalton Groskreutz 3-pointer and two Griffon Jones free throws – reinstated the halftime advantage. Von Wright had a game-high 18 points, 13 coming in the second half.
Landon Clegg converted an old-fashioned three-point play off a Massey assist with 4:16 in the game for the game's biggest cushion, 23 points. Dixie State shot a blistering 13-of-19 (68.4 percent) over the final 20 minutes.
The Lancers were forced into 17 turnovers despite outrebound Dixie State 31-29 for the night. Luke Evans (10 points) joined Von Wright as the only CBU players in double figures.
Cal Baptist hosts Dixie State on Saturday night in Riverside, Calif., beginning at 8:30 p.m. Mountain time.
CAL BAPTIST 76, DIXIE STATE 68: At St. George, the Dixie State College women's basketball team saw its seven-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night in a 76-68 loss to Cal Baptist inside the Burns Arena.
Sheila Adams led Dixie State with 17 points, but the Storm's loss brings four teams within one-half game of the Pacific West Conference lead. Dixie State and Academy of Art are tied, with Grand Canyon and CBU just behind.
Cal Baptist jumped out to a 10-0 run but saw the Red Storm crawl back and trail just 34-32 at the half. Dixie State ended the half on a 10-0 run of its own.
The two team traded baskets in game that featured six ties and 14 lead changes. Adams tied the game at 49-49 on a jumper with 9:40 left in the game and Shanae Vaifanua connected on a crafty move down low to give the Red Storma 51-49 lead with just under nine minutes remaining.
The Lancers outscored DSC in the final eight minutes of the game 25-14 to take the victory from the Red Storm.
"Obviously dissappointed because we were in the drivers seat. I felt like we weren't ready to play tonight," coach Angie Kristensen said.
Dixie State shot 37.1 percent from the field and managed to hit 8-of-14 free throws.
Simone Holmes led Cal Baptist with 25 points, and she was 11-of-13 from the free throw line.
For the Red Storm, Becca Thomas earned her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Gabriella Rodriguez hit three shots from behind the arc and finished with 11 points.
"We need to be prepared for the next four games, and we control our own future," said Coach Kristensen.
The Red Storm and the Lancers do battle again on Saturday night at Van Dyne Gymnasium in Riverside, Calif. Tip off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Mountain time.
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