ST. GEORGE — Griffon Jones scored 16 points, all in the first half, while 12 different Dixie State players scored in Tuesday's 88-73 Pacific West Conference men's basketball victory over Hawaii Hilo in the Burns Arena.
The Red Storm pushed their current winning streak to five games and improved to 12-4 overall, 7-1 in league. Head coach Jon Judkins also picked up his 399th career coaching victory, leaving him one away from a historic 400th victory.
Jones missed just one shot in the first half en route to his team-leading point total. Derek Owen came off the bench with a solid outing of 11 points and seven rebounds, while Solomon Jensen nailed a pair of 3-pointers on his way to 10 points. Senior guard Maurice Cole had seven points, but tied a career-best with eight assists.
Dixie State, unlike the three previous games at home, spurted out with a 5-0 start and extended the lead to 10 points, 16-6, on a De'Quan Thompson 3-pointer. Hawaii Hilo (7-9, 1-7 PWC) attempted to cut into the lead with the long ball, but only hit 4-of-16 attempts over the first 20 minutes. DSC led 44-26 at the break with a 6-0 run over the final 2:16.
The Storm never saw their advantage dwindle under double-figures and Judkins found minutes for his entire bench. Conner Atkin and Jason Schallenberger recorded their first points of the year; each finished the game with four points apiece.
Kiel Myers scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the visiting Vulcans. Three others joined Myers in double figures, including PWC pre-season honoree Zach Wilde (14 points).
The next four games take Dixie State to the islands. First on the schedule is a rematch with the Vulcans on Monday, Jan. 30. Tip from UHH Gymnasium is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. Mountain time.
DIXIE STATE 57, HAWAII HILO 50: At St. George, senior point guard Sheila Adams scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Dixie State women's basketball team to a 57-50 win over Hawaii Hilo on Tuesday night in the Burns Arena.
The Red Storm improved to 11-5 overall and 6-2 in the PacWest Conference.
Adams also added six rebounds and Shanae Vaifanua chipped in eight points and grabbed six rebounds. The Red Storm won for the first time this year without scoring at least 70 points.
With 7:10 to play in the game at tied at 42, Vaifanua's layup started a 11-2 run over the next four minutes to put the Vulcans away.
"We made some adjustments at the half that really helped us defend inside," said Dixie State coach Angie Kristensen. "I liked our energy in the second half."
With the loss, Hawaii Hilo dropped to 7-9 overall and 4-4 in the PacWest.
Hillary Hurley scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in just 26 minutes of play for the Vulcans. UHH shot just 35.7 percent from the field.
"Now we have to prepare for a difficult four-game, 10-day road trip to Hawaii," said Kristensen. "We need to be ready to control our own destiny."
The Red Storm will depart on Saturday and play next on Monday, Jan. 30, in Hilo, Hawaii. Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m. Mountain time.