The junior forward was 8-of-10 from the field, dished out four assists and swatted away five shots.
"I thought he played well, but there is always more I would like him to do," DSU head coach Jon Judkins said in a postgame radio interview.
Dixie State improved to 1-0 on the young season after sophomore guard Mason Sawyer (West Jordan, UT/West Jordan) connected on six late free throws to keep the Mavericks (0-1) from completing a comeback from 14 points down midway through the second half.
Colorado Mesa scored the first five points of the game. After a 16-16 stalemate, Dixie State went on a 8-0 run with two free throws and successive 3-pointers from Louis Garrett (Saint George, UT/Pine View) and Sawyer. A late five-point spurt over the final minute, sparked by an alley-oop Robbins dunk from Kimball Payne (Alpine, UT/Lone Peak), pushed the Storm's lead to 49-38 at the break.
Dalton Groskreutz (Santa Clara, UT/Snow Canyon), Robbins and Garrett pushed the advantage to 14 points, 66-52, at the 10:51 mark of the second half.
Landon Vermeer from distance and Carlos Lopez from the paint led the CMU charge. A three-ball at the 2:29 mark from Vermeer put the Mavericks down by two. Two charity shots from Lopez in the final 30 seconds also brought the Mavs within two.
But it would be the containment of CMU's pressure and Sawyer's half-dozen free throws giving Dixie enough of a winning cushion.
Dixie State shot 55.2-percent from the floor (32-58) and 46-percent from beyond the arc (6-13) for the game. Garrett off the bench finished with 17 points, Groskreutz had 14 points, and the duo of DeQuan Thompson (Las Vegas, NV/Lake Mead Christian Academy) and Sawyer each chipped in 11 points.
Vermeer led all scorers with 20 points for CMU, including six 3-pointers. Ryan Stephan scored 17 points all in the first half while Perez notched all of his 16 points after halftime.
Dixie State closes out its opening weekend with an exhibition against St. Katherine College on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.