Dixie State suffered its first loss of the year to drop to 11-1 on the year and 5-1 in league. HPU won its sixth straight to improve to 9-2, 4-1.
The Sea Warriors dominated nearly every facet of the team's only scheduled matchup of the regular season. HPU won the tip and burst to a 14-4 lead on three lay-in from Farbod Farman and back to back 3-pointer from Justin Long and Malte Ziegenhagen.
The Red Storm burst back after a sluggish start with an 8-2 run that closed the margin to four points. Unfortunately, that would be the closest DSU got to the Sea Warriors the rest of the night, During the stretch, Mason Sawyer (West Jordan, UT) nailed a triple as part of his eight first half points, Robbins nailed a jumper and Robbie Nielson (Gresham, OR) drew a foul after making a lay-up.
HPU responded with small runs to build a 48-37 halftime lead. A 15-8 run to pen the half gave the hosts a 20-point advantage, 65-45, at the 15:36 mark. For five minutes midway during the second half, Robbins took the team on his back. Dixie State's 11-4 string saw a pair of lay-ins from Robbins and a make by Kimball Payne (Alpine, UT). HPU had answers to every Red Storm run and built a 22-point lead in the final minutes.
Long led all scorers with 26 points while Farman posted a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. HPU shot 55.6 percent from the floor, including 10 3-point baskets.
Robbins added to his long resume of double-doubles with 10 rebounds and a 9-of-17 night from the field. Payne was the only other DSU player in double figures with 15 points. The Red Storm were held to 40.9 percent (27-66) shooting and were outmuscled on the glass, 49-34.
Dixie State returns home on Satuday to continue PacWest league action against Azusa Pacific. Tip time with the 7-4/3-2 Cougars is set for 7:30 p.m. inside the Burns Arena.