It did to the tune of 50.8 percent (32-63) from the floor. The problem: Dominican shot better.
Devin Golston led all scorers with 25 points and point guard Myles Carrillo added 20 as the Penguins shot 56 percent overall and 54 percent from behind the 3-point arc to down the Red Storm 97-88 at the Burns Arena.
The Penguins withstood a run midway through the second half that saw DSU erase a 12-point deficit to win before a crowd of 3,484.
Missed opportunities from the free-throw line and the field failed the Red Storm down the stretch. It was the first loss for Dixie State at the Burns Arena this season (5-1).
"When you work that hard to get back into a game and you miss foul shots, not just one like two in a row, you can't win games," DSU head coach Jon Judkins said. "I thought we played hard when we were down 12, but we need that effort during the entire game."
The first half saw 10 ties and six lead changes. Dominican (15-9/9-5 PacWest) knocked down six of their 12 total 3-pointer in the opening 20 minutes. Golston did most of his damage inside with 15 first half point. Jonny Bates also hit three shots, two from distance, for 10 off the bench.
The Dixie State (15-4/9-4) bench kept the home team close. Robbie Nielson (Gresham, OR) posted 10 points on 3-of-4 shots while Curtis Papenfuss (Happy Valley, OR) added six points and four boards.
Dominican led at the half 44-40 and used a 10-2 run the first three minutes of the second half to open a 12-point lead.
Dixie would begin erasing the advantage inside the 14-minute mark with a Louis Garrett (Saint George, UT) steal and reverse dunk. A Kimball Payne (Alpine, UT) floater followed consecutive 3-point shot makes by Landon Clegg (Cedar Hills, UT) and Papenfuss to cap a 12-2 Storm run. Garrett's three-point effort a minute later knotted the game at 68-68. The Penguins responded with a 5-0 run.
Dalton Groskreutz (Santa Clara, UT) took control for Dixie State over a four-minute span. He scored 11 of his team-high 20 points and pulled down two rebounds to keep the Red Storm within striking distance, 84-82, at the 2:02 mark.
Garrett poked away the ball for a steal and had a one-on-one opportunity to tie the game. His lay-in shot was slightly altered and rolled out of the rim. The Penguins connected with an open shot for an 86-82 lead.
Down three with 1:06 left, Dixie State thought they forced a turnover on the Penguin baseline. A timeout had been called prior to the infraction. Out of the timeout, Matt Hayes drained a backbreaking 3-ball from the corner. The Storm would not get any closer than four points down the stretch while Dominican iced away the game with eight straight makes from the foul line.
Groskreutz was the only DSU starter in double figures. Nielson ended with a career-high 12 points, Papenfuss added 11 and Mason Sawyer (West Jordan, UT) scored 10 points in 16 minutes. Dixie State bested the battle of the boards, 30-29.
Zach Robbins (Upland, CA) saw his six-game double double streak come to an end (seven points, six rebounds). DeQuan Thompson (Las Vegas, NV) was held to a season-low six points on 1-of-4 shooting.