Hot-shooting Lancers hand Dixie State second loss of season

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Dixie State Red Storm suffered their second loss of the season Saturday night, falling to undefeated California Baptist 100-90.

Dixie kept with CBU early drawing to a 13-13 tie after eight minutes. The Lancers then shot lights out, hitting 52 percent of their long distance threes, culminating with a half-court shot at the buzzer by Ryan Berg to put the Lancers up 53-33 at the half. Berg had 27 points at halftime, hitting 8 of 9 from beyond the arc.

Zach Robbins (far right) dishes to Jordan Rex (50), Dixie State at Cal Baptist,
Zach Robbins (far right) dishes to Jordan Rex (50), Dixie State at Cal Baptist, Riverside, Cailf., Jan. 19, 2014 | Photo courtesy DSU Athletics

The Lancers were able to match Dixie State’s offense over the first 10 minutes of the second half and, with 9:33 to play, the CBU lead remained at 20 points, 76-56.

The Red Storm began to chip away at the lead from that point and cut the lead to eight on a three-point play by DeQuan Thompson, 94-86, with 1:38 to play. But it was too little, too late as the Red Storm could get no closer. Cal Baptist closed out with a 6-4 run for the final margin.

Berg led all scorers with 34. Also finishing in double-figures for CBU were Ivan Patterson (23), Anthony Consentino (15), Chris Brown (12) and Michael Smith (10).

Leading the Red Storm was Thompson with 19. Joining him in double-figures were Kimball Payne with 14, Mason Sawyer with 13 and Zach Robbins with 12.

The Lancers remain undefeated at 15-0 overall and 9-0 in Pac West play. The Red Storm drop to 13-2 and 7-2 in conference. DSU now travels to Azusa Pacific Monday night for its rematch against Cougars.

Stats: CBU 100, DSU 90

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