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  • Red Storm wins Las Vegas Challenge
    by kcsg.com news
    Published - 12/20/13 - 09:15 AM | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    (LAS VEGAS, Nev) – Junior guard DeQuan Thompson (Las Vegas, NV) led Dixie State in the first half and senior forward Dalton Groskreutz (Santa Clara, UT) took the reins in the second half pushing the Red Storm past Montana State Billings, 83-65, to win the men's championship of the second annual Las Vegas Challenge at the Orleans Arena.

    Dixie State shot 59.3 percent from the floor (32-54) to remain unbeaten at 9-0 heading into the holiday break. The Yellowjackets fell to a break even 5-5 on the year being held to 37.7 percent shooting.

    Thompson had seven early points including a 3-ball that broke an 8-8 stalemate. DSU never surrendered the lead. A Zach Robbins (Upland, CA) lay-in at the 7:38 mark bumped the Storm's advantage to double figures. Mason Sawyer (West Jordan, UT) cashed in a floater to make the score 42-30 at the halftime break.

    Groskreutz scored 14 of his career-high tying 23-point performance in the second half. His energetic outburst on a baseline shot while drawing a foul early in the period kept DSU hungry despite never seeing its lead dip back into single figures.

    Thompson finished with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. He made all six shots from the free throw line and pulled down a career-best seven rebounds. Robbins cashed in 14 points to round out three DSU players in double figures. Kimball Payne (Alpine, UT), like Thompson, had a personal best seven boards.

    Connor Donaldson led MSUB with 18 points while Jonathan Mesghna had 11 points and eight boards.

    Dixie State opens 2014 with three road games in Hawaii. The first matchup is January 2 at Hawaii Hilo, scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. Hawaiian (10:30 p.m. Mountain) time tip.

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