Dixie State saw its losing skid reach four straight as the Trailblazers dropped a 93-75 decision at RMAC-leading Colorado School of Mines on Saturday night inside Lockridge Arena.
The two sides battled back and forth through nine ties and 10 lead changes during the opening 20 minutes of play, though the game did not start out that way as the Orediggers (10-3, 7-0 RMAC) bolted out to a quick 15-8 lead five minutes in.
The Trailblazers (4-7, 2-6 RMAC) came right back with seven-straight points, including five points off the shooting hand of Wade Miller, who pulled DSU even at 15-15 with a 3-point jumper. Both teams virtually matched each other shot for shot the next 13-plus minutes until Oredigger guard Mason Baker banked in a trey at the halftime buzzer to spot Mines a 46-42 advantage.
Trailing 56-49 four minutes into the second frame, Blazer guard Andre Wilson came off the bench and scored the next six Dixie State points to trim the deficit to 58-55. DSU made it a three-point game one more time at 60-57 following a Dub Price jumper, but the Orediggers broke the game open with a decisive 18-6 run en route to their biggest lead of the game at 78-63 with 7:20 remaining.
Mines maintained its double-digit cushion the rest of the way as the Blazers couldn't draw any closer than 12 points and were held scoreless the final three minutes of the game.
Matt Conway led four Trailblazers in double figures with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting, but he was held to just four points after halftime. Price finished with 14 points on 4-of-7 from the floor, while Dason Youngblood posted career highs of 10 points and five assists and Wilson chipped in a career-best 11 points.Comment on this story
Dixie State lost despite shooting a season-high 59.1 percent (26-of-44) from the floor, which included a 50.0 percent clip (5-of-10) from the perimeter. However, the Blazers hit on just 18-of-31 at the line (.581) and were outrebounded, 32-25 and 10-4 on the offensive glass.
Baker finished with a game-high 23 points as six Orediggers scored in double figures. Mines hit on 51.7 percent (30-of-58) of its shots with 12 3-pointers (12-of-27, .444) and went 21-of-26 (.808) at the line.
Dixie State returns to the Burns Arena for its only two January home games next weekend. The Trailblazers play host to MSU Denver on Friday, Jan. 11, before taking on Chadron State on Saturday, Jan. 12. Tipoff for both games is set for 7:30 p.m.