Zach Robbins (Upland, CA) and Jordan Rex (Saint George, UT) became the first Red Storm duo to each post a double-double in a single-game while Dalton Groskreutz (Santa Clara, UT) led DSU with 17 points during a 77-59 win over Cal State Dominguez Hills in West Region non-conference action.
Robbins shot 50 percent from the field and had his double-double recorded by the end of the first half with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. He finished with 15 points, 14 boards, six blocks and five assists. Rex had two field goals, but supplemented his scoring connecting on seven free throws en route to 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Dixie State improved to 8-0 on the season while the Toros fell to 4-5.
CSUDH sprinted out to an 11-6 lead behind a pair of triples from Everett Turner. Dixie State went on a 5-0 run to pull even at 11-11. With the score tied at 16-16, Dixie State used a 12-6 run over six minutes. Long-range shots from Mason Sawyer (West Jordan, UT) and DeQuan Thompson (Las Vegas, NV) sparked the action while Rex had a pair of offensive rebounds and a putback to give DSU the lead, 28-22. One of two first half 3-pointers from Robbie Nielson (Gresham, OR) pushed the advantage to double digits.
A late Toro jumper made the halftime score 42-33.
The teams jabbed back and forth over the first 14 minutes of the second. Dixie State's lead never eclipsed 10 points while CSUDH closed the lead to within seven, but never closer.
With 6:23 left, Groskreutz converted a three-point play to act as the catalyst to an 8-0 run. Curtis Papenfuss (Happy Valley, OR) drained an open three and Groskreutz drove to the hoop for two. Dixie State's lead never dipped below 13 points.
Groskruetz was 7-of-9 from the floor to lead DSU. Nielson posted a career-best eight points off the bench. Dixie State was 27-of-64 from the floor (46.9 percent) including a blistering 9-of-15 from beyond the arc.
CSUDH was held to 35.4 percent shooting (23-65). DeShawn Freeman led all game scorers with 23 points.
The Red Storm plays for the Las Vegas Challenge title at 6:30 p.m. Pacific against Montana State Billings. The Yellowjackets defeated Academy of Art, 85-69, earlier in day one action.