Behind a career-high 35 points from Trevor Hill, Dixie State rallied from a 10-point, second-half deficit to claim a 99-89 victory over Eastern New Mexico in the opening game of the 2017 Western Oregon/Doubletree by Hilton DII Shootout on Friday in the WOU PE Gymnasium.
DSU (2-2) trailed 41-35 at the half and quickly fell behind by a 48-38 count after a Maurice Coleman lay-in just more than a minute into the second stanza. The Trailblazers responded with a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to three at 50-47 and eventually pulled even at 65-65 thanks to a Brandon Simister 3-pointer with 9:12 remaining.
The Greyhounds (2-1) bounced right back with an 8-2 spurt to extend to a 73-67 advantage, but again DSU rallied, outscoring ENMU, 10-2, in a four-plus minute span and took its first lead of the frame on a Kyler Nielson trey with 3:10 to go in regulation.
Dixie State maintained that lead until a Zach Parker 3-pointer put ENMU back on top at 82-80 with 1:15 left. Then, with less than 40 seconds to play, Dub Price cleared an offensive rebound to Hill, who found Austin Montgomery for a thunderous dunk to tie the game at 82-82. The Trailblazer defense stepped up and forced a Greyhound turnover in the waning seconds of regulation to force overtime.
It was all Trailblazers in the extra session as DSU bolted out to a quick 87-82 lead thanks to a Montgomery jumper and a Simister 3-pointer on consecutive possessions. Dixie State never looked back from that moment on as it hit all four of its shots and 8-of-10 at the line to outscore ENMU, 17-7, in the stanza to clinch the win.
“That was a pretty big win against a very good team,” DSU head coach Jon Judkins said. “The first half [ENMU] were doing …read more
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