SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Junior guard Collin Woods had a career-best 23 points off the bench and senior guard DeQuan Thompson became the fifth member of the Dixie State 1,000-point club to help the visiting Red Storm past Dominican, 86-83, at the Conlan Center. The victory broke a three-year losing skid in the “Icebox” and a subsequent three-game overall streak against the Penguins.
Woods was 6 of 9 from the field and connected on 11 of 14 charity shots to pace Dixie State (12-6, 9-3 PacWest) to over a 60 percent clip in the second half to erase a four-point deficit at the half. Thompson has 12 points off the bench in the opening 20 minutes, including a jumper at the 13:27 mark to give him the 1K-mark in his 102nd career game.
Half of the six 3-pointers for Dominican (8-12, 5-7 PacWest) in the first half came from Matt Hayes en route to 13 of his 16 points. Dominique Taplin tied Woods for the game-high with 23 points, 15 coming after the break.
A 3-pointer from freshman guard Trevor Hill capped off an opening 5-0 run out of the locker to erase what was as high as an 11-point Dominican lead. The Penguins regrouped and outscored the Red Storm 22-14 to take a seven-point lead, 67-60, with nine minutes left in regulation.
Dixie State scored the next seven points to bring the game to a 67-67 stalemate. Woods sparked the run with a jumper in the paint that included a foul. Hill added a pair of free throws and senior Zach Robbins added two more charity shots.
With the teams swapping leads late, Woods put Dixie State up three with 38 seconds by slicing right through the middle of the Penguin defense for an uncontested lay-in. Hill later added a free throw to put DSU up, 86-82.
Dominican sliced the lead to three with a shot from the line and had two looks from behind the arc in the final five seconds that did not fall. Woods stymied the final attempt by blocking the shot right before the final buzzer.
Woods and Thompson pushed the Dixie State bench to scoring 51 of the club’s 86 points. The Red Storm hit 52 percent of shots from the floor, including 5 of 8 from behind the arc. A huge advantage came from the line, where Dixie State took 43 attempts while hitting 31. The Penguins went to the line only 20 times in the game.
Dixie State returns to action on Saturday night in Kezar Pavilion against the Academy of Art University. Tip against the Urban Knights is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT.
Stats: DSU 86, DU 83
Dominican 89, Dixie State 78
Chermayne Moore and Kaylah Miller combined for 14 3-point buckets but the Dixie State women’s basketball team fell to Dominican 89-78 on the road Thursday night.
Moore and Miller both went 7 of 15 from downtown. Moore finished with a career-best 23 points and Miller led DSU (5-13, 4-8) tying her season-high 26 point outing. Miller added five assists while Haileigh Emerine pulled down a season-best 16 rebounds.
Dixie State shot 38.4 percent including 15 of 34 from deep for 44.1 perent. Dominican (9-9, 6-6) was an efficient 5 of 10 from 3-point land and shot 48.5 percent from the field. The Red Storm suffered from the turnover bug, with 29 turning into 31 points for the home team.
“It’s our overall effort right now,” head coach Jenny Thigpin said. “We got comfortable early and relaxed. We have to learn to play a full game.”
Midway through the first half the score was tied 22-22 but then the Penguins flew away with the lead.
Dominican outscored DSU 25-8 over the final nine minutes of the half to take a 42-24 lead into halftime.
A run from the Red Storm in the second half cut the lead back to single digits at 50-41 but the Penguins stretched it back to 18.
Miller and Moore’s hot shooting kept things interesting but Dominican cooled off the Red Storm to win it 89-78.
Dixie State continues its road trip at Academy of Art on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. MT.
Stats: DU 89, DSU 78
Email: [email protected]
Copyright St. George News, SaintGeorgeUtah.com LLC, 2015, all rights reserved.