DeQuan Thompson's late 3 ties game, Dixie State gets past Hawaii-Hilo in OT
HILO, Hawaii -- Junior guard DeQuan Thompson hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining in regulation en route to a career-high 23 points and junior forward Zach Robbins posted his fifth double-double of the year leading seventh-ranked Dixie State to a 79-74 win in overtime against Hawaii-Hilo.
Thompson went 7 of 10 from the floor with three triples while Robbins matched Thompson's point total and pulled down 10 rebounds to keep the Red Storm undefeated on the year (10-0) and in Pacific West Conference action (4-0). UH-Hilo dropped to 3-8, 0-5 PacWest despite two big runs to take substantial leads.
Dixie State opened on an 11-2 spurt behind two Thompson shots from distance. The lead expanded to 25-15 before the Vulcans closed out the final 8:32 of the opening half on a 24-14 run to lead 39-35 at the half.
Hilo pushed the lead up to eight points at 50-42 within five minutes. The Storm chipped away with a Robbins jumper and free throws from Dalton Groskreutz and Thompson. Another close shot from the senior forward gave DSU its first lead of the half. A 3-ball on the next possession from Mason Sawyer slid the lead to two at 56-54.
Down three in the final minute, Robbins spun a shot off the glass. Hilo's Derek Owens cashed in two free throws with 36 seconds. Thompson connected with the equalizer from the right wing off a pass from Kimball Payne. A late jumper from Joey Rodriguez was on line, but failed to draw iron sending the matchup to overtime.
DSU opened the extra period with five unanswered points – a thunderous Robbins dunk, one Kimball Payne free throw and a jumper from Groskreutz. The teams traded buckets during the final three minutes. DSU cashed home victory with two late icing free throws from Thompson.
Groskreutz had 10 points to round out three DSU players scoring in double figures. Jordan Rex pulled down nine rebounds helping the Storm dominate the battle of the boards, 51-35. Dixie State finished 27-of-59 from the floor (45.8 percent) and won despite a lackluster 20 of 36 (55.6 percent) night from the line.
Rodriguez scored 16 points to lead four Vulcan players in double figures.