The Storm scored the first 10 points in extra time and defeated BYUH 107-94 to earn a critical league win over a determined conference rival.
The victory coupled with a 21-point road loss by Chaminade moves Dixie State (17-4/11-4 PacWest) into second place and potentially a first-round bye in the upcoming Pacific West Conference Tournament.
When asked if a late comeback was in the game plan, DSU head coach Jon Judkins scoffed sarcastically.
"Miss a lot of fouls shots, keep it close, have some turnovers, then hit a three to send it overtime … beautiful," Judkins said. "I thought the keys to the game were heart and 50/50 balls, we got two big offensive rebounds that led to a three."
The comeback was highlighted by six points, two rebounds and two timely steals from Garrett down the stretch. Down three with six seconds left, Kimball Payne (Alpine, UT) found Garrett coming off a high screen for the equalizer from the right wing.
Robbie Nielson (Gresham, OR) began overtime with a 3-pointer and Garrett found Zach Robbins (Upland, CA) open on the low block for a lay-in accounting for the first five points of a 10-0 opening salvo. Payne and Robbins iced away the game combining for 13 overtime points from the charity stripe.
A closely contested first half saw three lead changes before the home team carried a 46-44 lead into the locker room. DeQuan Thompson (Las Vegas, NV) scored five quick points in the second half forcing BYU-Hawaii (11-10/9-6) into a timeout. The Seasiders responded after the short respite with a 13-1 spurt culminating in a five-point lead.
DSU would knot the game shortly, but timely outside shots and free throws ballooned the BYUH lead to 83-74 with 2:27 left. Luke Aston led the Seasiders with a double double (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Tyler Tuilau netted a career-high 19 points.
Dixie State had five in double figures paced by the 13th double double of the year from Robbins (21 points, 11 rebounds). Nielson posted his third straight career-high with 19 points, Payne scored 18 for his best night in a DSU uniform, and Thompson added 18 points as well. Garrett had 16 points in 15 minutes of action.
The Red Storm returns to action Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. matchup with UH Hilo.