MEN'S BASKETBALL: The Red Storm held off a late Dominican charge to win 73-64 on Thursday night and remain tied atop the Pacific West Conference standings at 11-2.
DSC, ranked fifth in the West Region, improved to 17-5 on the season behind a game-high 18 points from Donovan Plunkett. Dominican (9-15, 6-7 PWC) played tough throughout the game while missing leading scorer Austin Bryan who is expected to miss the remainder of the year with a knee injury.
Adam Ross posted a new career high with eight rebounds while chipping in 11 points. Jeremiah Barnes had 13 off the bench before fouling out. DSC leading scorer Tom Whitehead was held to five points in 22 minutes.
Neither team opened up more than a five-point lead in the first 15 minutes. Dominican excelled in the paint and assumed slim advantages of multiple Killian Larson lay-ups. Barnes answered the call for Dixie State driving to the bucket for a 15-10 Red Storm lead at the 11:37 mark.
Both teams stayed close until the final three minutes when Dixie State closed the half with stellar defensive stops. Subsequently, McKay Massey hit a pair of baseline jumpers and four free throws from Plunkett and Ross punctuated a 10-0 run to give Dixie State the lead at the half 35-23.
Dixie State pushed the lead to as many as 17 points in the second half and lead by 16 on Massey's three-ball with 8:43 left.
The Penguins did not give in and continued to push the ball inside. Guard Alastair Flack penetrated into the paint earning six fouls shots and hitting all of them. With 58 ticks left, Larson's lay-in cut the DSC margin to eight.
The Storm rebounded two missed Penguin triple attempts and iced the game with free throws from Ross & Massey.
Larson led Dominican in scoring with 17 points. Alex Ward had 13 points and eight rebounds while Flack ended the night with 11 points.
Dixie State hosts Academy of Art University on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Burns Arena.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Junior guard Veronica Siqueiros scored 18 points and added six rebounds leading the Red Storm to a 82-65 win over Dominican University of California.
Despite a seesaw affair in the first fifteen minutes of the first half that featured seven ties, the Red Storm went on a 20-6 run to end the half with a 48-34 lead.
Dixie State (14-8, 10-3) would lead by as many as 26 points in the second half of the game. The Red Storm would shoot 38 percent for the game and get 44 points off the bench to lead them to victory and an outside shot at a PacWest title.
Siqueiros would lead all scorers with her 18, followed by Jessie Ingraham and Deanna Daniels with 12 points a piece and finally Johnna Brown finished with 10 points.
Red Storm forward Tanya Clark led players with 10 rebounds.
For the Penguins (5-19, 2-11 PWC), Melissa Wise and Shawna Bryant each added 14 points in the loss.