Rather, the Red Storm produced one of their best defensive efforts in the second half, had point guard Mason Sawyer (West Jordan, UT) led the way with 18 points off the bench, and saw center Jordan Rex (Saint George, UT) pull down a career high in rebounds to help Dixie State beat Hawaii Hilo, 97-69, on Thursday in Pacific West Conference action.
Rex had 16 boards, three offensively, to best his previous game high by five. Curtis Papenfuss (Happy Valley, OR) added his first career double double (11 points, 10 rebounds) for Dixie State (18-4/12-4 PacWest).
"The energy was much better tonight," head coach Jon Judkins said. "While watching tape of our previous game, I saw we played so bad. Tonight, we attacked their zone better and good a lot of good looks."
Dixie State used a 16-5 run midway through the first half to build a 15-point lead on the Vulcans (3-17/0-14), who did cut the lead down to 10 points at the half, 50-40. Sawyer led DSU with 11 points in the opening 20 minutes.
The Red Storm had a monstrous 57-27 rebounding advantage, including 21-4 on the offensive glass. The board battle led to a 29-5 advantage in second chance points.
Zach Robbins (Upland, CA) had 13 of his 17 points after the break. Kimball Payne (Alpine, UT) was masterful late, ending the game with six assists and no turnovers.
Dixie State also got a boost from Louis Garrett (Saint George, UT) with eight bench points. DSU had 60 of its 97 points come from the reserves.
"We got guys some rest before our next game on Saturday," Judkins added.
Rex had the most minutes, 24, of any individual.
The Storm scored 36 points in the paint and made 22 of 29 free throws for the game. They shot 47.2 percent from the floor and just 7-of-20 from behind the 3-point arc.
Darnell Williams scored a game-high 20 points for Hawaii Hilo, which shot 50 percent from distance (12-24).
Dixie State closes out its current homestand on Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. game against Chaminade.