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  • Storm send off five seniors with OT win over No. 7 CBU
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    Published - 03/02/14 - 08:16 AM | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Photo credit: Rico Del Sesto
    Photo credit: Rico Del Sesto
    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - On Saturday night in the Burns Arena, the Dixie State men's basketball program paid tribute to five seniors playing in their last home game. In the game, it was two junior post players and a sophomore point guard that led the Red Storm to its fourth overtime win of the year, 106-100, over the seventh-ranked California Baptist Lancers in Pacific West Conference action.

    Dixie State ended its regular season slate with a 21-5 overall record and a 15-5 mark in the PacWest.

    Zach Robbins (Upland, CA) and Jordan Rex (Saint George, UT) did a little bit of everything to each post double doubles in game for the third time this season. Robbins hit on 9-of-11 shots from the field on his way to 22 points and 10 rebounds. Rex was 6-of-8 from both the field and the charity stripe en route to a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds.

    They were not the only stars.

    "I thought Mason (Sawyer) came in and gave us a big spark," head coach Jon Judkins said. "They (CBU) is a good team but our guys were up to the challenge."

    Sawyer (West Jordan, UT) played 34 minutes since senior point guard Kimball Payne (Alpine, UT) got into early foul trouble and eventually fouled out with 4:39 left in regulation. More impressive than his 11 points was seven assists and his leadership on the court.

    This game was a all-hands-on-deck performance, needed against the Lancers who wrapped up the PacWest regular season title almost two weeks ago.

    Neither team enjoyed a double-digit lead during the game. CBU (24-2, 18-2 PacWest) used a pair of 5-0 runs to take an eight-point advantage, 31-23. Dixie State responded with a 12-3 spurt over the next three minutes. Sawyer hit a pair of jumpers, including the go-ahead bucket at the 4:15 mark. The lead seesawed multiple times until a last second lay-in from DeQuan Thompson (Las Vegas, NV) gave Dixie State a 46-43 halftime advantage.

    The Storm opened the half outscoring the Lancers 13-8 to build their largest lead, eight points, at 59-51. CBU dialed in from long distance, especially forward Anthony Cosentino, who hit three triples in the first five minutes of the half after spending the first half in foul trouble. The forward his all five attempts from distance in the second half, his last put CBU up five with 10 minutes left on the clock.

    DSU went inside over the final four minutes of regulation to spark a 10-3 run.

    With 26 seconds left in regulation and the Storm leading by one, Sawyer missed a jumper that was rebounded by CBU. The Lancers pushed the ball in the front court and called for a timeout they did not have.

    Dalton Groskreutz (Santa Clara, UT) hit one of two technical free throws for a 90-88 lead. California Baptist went for the win with a long Ryan Berg 3-pointer. His shot missed but a high rebound was slammed home by Cosentino to tie the game.

    In the extra period, the teams traded early buckets before DSU made consecutive defensive stops. The second stop was a crucial steal by Thompson that led to a fast break lay-up and a six-point lead. CBU hit more field goals in the OT period with five, but Dixie State did not miss any of their eight free throws and hit four of five shots from the field including a massive Robbins dunk.

    Six DSU players finished in double figures. Thompson and Groskreutz each had 15 points while Louis Garrett (Saint George, UT)had 13 points.

    Berg led all scorers with 25 points and Cosentino had 21 of his 23 points after halftime.

    Dixie State opens play in the Pacific West Conference on Thursday at 1 p.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Mountain) in the No. 3 vs, No. 6 seed game against Hawaii Pacific. The tournament will be hosted in Golden Gymnasium on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University.
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