HILO, Hawaii – After a horrendous first half, Dixie State erased a 20-point second half deficit and took the lead in the final minute before the host Hawai’i Hilo posted the first six points in overtime to edge the Storm, 83-75, on Saturday evening at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
Mason Sawyer led Dixie State (7-5, 4-2 PacWest) with 21 points and Zach Robbins added 12 points before fouling out with 7:43 left in regulation. Tre Johnson scored 21 points, leading five Vulcans (6-5, 2-3 PacWest) in double-figures.
Dixie State trailed for most of the first half after a 5-0 UHH run broke a stalemate three minutes into the first half. The Storm made only five field goals in the opening 20 minutes, the last coming at the 7:39 mark on a 3-pointer from freshman Trevor Hill. The Vulcans closed on an 11-0 run to take a 38-18 lead at halftime.
The Storm started making its push early in the second half. Mark Ogden Jr. kicked off a 6-0 run with a pair of charity shots followed by a Robbie Nielson triple. DeQuan Thompson added a free throw to slice Hilo’s lead to 14.
UH Hilo maintained a double-figure lead midway through the second half, but Dixie State would not roll over. A 9-0 run saw seven free throws swish through the net and a jumper hit just inside the arc from Collin Woods.
Sawyer’s 3-ball with 4:05 left put the Storm within striking distance, trailing 60-55.
Ogden and Hill nailed jumpers to put DSU down one, 64-63. Free throws played a critical role down the stretch in regulation. Sawyer hit two and Zac Hunter hit four important charity shots to give the Storm its first lead since 5-3 early in the first half. UHH got an equalizer with 3 seconds on the clock to send the game to overtime.
Johnson netted the first six points in overtime to make sure DSU never got closer than two points in the overtime session. Dixie State missed three close looks before finally scoring with 40 seconds.
Dixie State finished the game shooting 33.9 percent from the floor, an improvement from the anemic 17.9 percent in the opening half. The Storm netted 5 of 15 from distance and 28-35 from the line.
The current Hawaiian road trip continues with a Tuesday night, Jan. 6, matchup at Chaminade. Tip with the Silverswords is set for 7:30 p.m. HT.
GAME NOTES: This was the fourth overtime game in the series with the Vulcans and second in consecutive seasons. Dixie State is 1-3 in OT games in Hilo, winning last year 79-74 at UHH Gym. DSU has not won an overtime game played at the Civic Auditorium … The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak against the Vulcans dating back to Valentine’s Day 2010.
Stats: UHH 83, DSU 75
Hilo 68, Dixie State 63
Despite a second-half lead, the Dixie State women’s basketball team couldn’t hold off the Hilo Vulcans in a 68-63 loss in Hawaii.
The Red Storm (4-8, 3-3) led by 11 in the second half but the surging Vulcans (3-6, 2-3) made more shots down the stretch and capitalized at the foul line to edge DSU.
Neither team shot particularly well. Dixie State shot 30.2 percent to Hilo’s 25.8 percent but the Vulcans made 10 more from the charity stripe.
Leslie Tademy led the Red Storm with 16 points. Taylor Mann added 11 points and eight rebounds and Kaylah Miller posted 10 points. Brianna Jessop pulled down a season-best 13 rebounds.
The Red Storm took a 30-23 lead into the break and Dixie State stretched the lead to double digits in the second half with a made triple from Tademy. She finished and and-1 play to make it 40-29 with 16:14 remaining.
The Vulcans didn’t go away however, chipping away at the lead and coming back to tie it at 48-48 with just over seven minutes left. Hilo took a one-point edge with a made freebie but the Red Storm took it right back after Mann finished her own 3-point play with 6:17 to go.
DSU held a four-point lead with 4:34 to go but again the home team battled back. The Vulcans tied it up again at 60-60 with 1:47 remaining.
Inside of one minute, Hilo hit a jumper and then added three more at the foul line to make it 65-60 with 18 seconds left.
Miller hit a triple to cut the lead to 65-63 with eight seconds remaining but the Vulcans hung on at the foul line and won it 68-63.
The Red Storm will hop islands to Oahu next, facing Chaminade on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. MT.
Stats: UHH 68, DSU 63
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