The Sea Warriors advance to Friday's semifinals against Dominican. Dixie State will now await the NCAA Division II Selection Show on Sunday evening to see if their 21-6 record and résumé will be good enough for an at-large bid.
Zach Robbins led DSU with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Curtis Papenfuss added 10 off the bench.
Hawaii Pacific opened a 9-6 lead on a 3-pointer from Malte Ziegenhagen only to see the Storm string 11 straight points. Four consecutive foul shots by Robbins gave DSU it first lead. Papenfuss followed with a layup and two charity shots. A Louis Garrett 3-ball capped the scoring spurt.
The Sea Warriors chipped down the lead to three on two occasions. Dixie State crashed inside with Robbins and kicked outside to Mason Sawyer to build a 36-29 halftime advantage.
In the second half, the DSU lead extended to 10 points on a big dunk from Dalton Groskreutz. HPU stayed within striking distance despite the Storm's retaking a 10-point lead after Sawyer made one of two technical free throws.
Enter the HPU trio of Justin Long, Farbod Farman and Darry Jones, Jr. The two guards and center sliced through the DSU defense for lay-ins and put backs that brought them back within two points with five minutes left.
On the flip side, Dixie State, after making seven of their first eight shots, limped home to the finish connecting just four time in 32 attempts. For the game, the Red Storm were just 21-of-72 from the field (29.2 percent).
Off a deflected pass with 4:46 left in the game, Long fired from the right wing and connected on a triple that gave HPU a lead they would never relinquish. A 6-0 run over a three-minute stretch provided the final cushion.
Long led the Sea Warriors with 21 points. Farman had a monster double double with 19 points and 17 rebounds.