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Senior guard George Buaku averaged 2.5 assists per game last season.
Regular Season Commences Friday at CCAA/PacWest Challenge
Release: Thursday 11/09/2017 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Game 1 - CCAA/PacWest Challenge
Friday, Nov. 10 • 5:00 p.m. PT
vs. Azusa Pacific (0-0, 0-0 PacWest)
Kellogg Arena • Pomona, Calif.
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Game 2 - CCAA/PacWest Challenge
Saturday, Nov. 11 • 5:00 p.m. PT
vs. Dixie State (0-0, 0-0 PacWest)
Kellogg Arena • Pomona, Calif.
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ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
2017-18 Exhibitions
• 0-1 (98-79 loss at San Diego State)

2016-17 Recap
• Overall: 27-6
• CCAA: 17-3 (1st)
• Home: 15-3
• Away: 9-3
• Neutral: 3-0
• Postseason: NCAA West Region Finalist (Sweet 16)
• Highest National Ranking: 11

UC SAN DIEGO ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Starters Returning (2)
George Buaku (G, Sr., 6-3, 185): 5.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg
Christian Oshita (G/F, Jr., 6-6, 210): 10.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2nd Team All-CCAA

Starters Lost (3)
Chris Hansen (C, Jr., 6-7, 265): 12.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 1st Team All-CCAA
Adam Klie (G, Sr., 6-4, 205): 15.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.7 apg, CCAA Player of the Year
Aleks Lipovic (G, Sr., 6-5, 205): 8.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.6 apg

Others Returning (9)
Anthony Ballestero (G, Sr., 5-10, 175): 5.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.8 apg
Scott Everman (F, So., 6-7, 210): 7.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.5 apg
Kenny Fraser (F, Sr., 6-7, 200): 1.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.2 apg
Chris Hansen (C, Jr., 6-7, 265): 12.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 1st Team All-CCAA
Mikey Howell (G, RFr., 6-3, 160)
Brett Oosdyke (F, Jr., 6-7, 215): DNP
Eric Patton (F, Jr., 6-6, 210): 4.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.7 apg
Ben Rico (G, So., 6-4, 180): 1.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.4 apg
Michael Shoemaker (F, Sr., 6-8, 216): 3.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.3 bpg

Others Lost (2)
Joshua Brooks (G, Sr., 6-2, 175): 2.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.6 apg
Koree Cox (G, Sr., 6-3, 190): 3.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.2 apg

Newcomers (4)
Christian Bayne (G, Jr. 6-2, 180): Transfer from CCAA member Stanislaus State
Kennedy Koehler (F, Fr., 6-7, 215)
Tyrell Roberts (G, Fr., 5-11, 160)
Martin Tombe (F, Fr., 6-6, 220)

ABOUT AZUSA PACIFIC
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
2017-18 Exhibitions
• 2-1 (87-75 loss vs. The Master's; 92-49 win vs. Westcliff; 104-82 win at Life Pacific)

2016-17 Recap
• Overall: 16-15
• PacWest: 11-9 (t-7th)
• Home: 10-5
• Away: 4-7
• Neutral: 2-3
• Postseason: PacWest Tournament Quarterfinalist

ABOUT DIXIE STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
2017-18 Exhibitions
• 1-1 (81-70 loss at Utah Valley; 102-64 win vs. Whittier)

2016-17 Recap
• Overall: 19-9
• PacWest: 16-4 (3rd)
• Home: 11-1
• Away: 8-5
• Neutral: 0-3
• Postseason: NCAA West Region Quarterfinalist

UCSD AGAINST THE OPPONENTS
All-time, the Tritons are 10-18 against Azusa Pacific and 4-1 vs. Dixie State. They squared off against both teams at least once last season:
• 11/11/16: UCSD 62, Dixie State 55 (CCAA/PacWest Challenge at La Jolla)
• 11/12/16: UCSD 70, Azusa Pacific 67 (CCAA/PacWest Challenge at La Jolla)
• 3/10/17: UCSD 94, Dixie State 68 (West Region Quarterfinal at La Jolla)

UC SAN DIEGO DROPS EXHIBITION AT SAN DIEGO STATE
Despite hitting 15 three-pointers, UC San Diego was defeated, 98-79, by San Diego State in an exhibition game on Nov. 2 at Viejas Arena. The Tritons shot 43.3 percent (29-67) overall and 44.1 percent (15-34) from behind the three-point line. Both teams finished with 33 rebounds, with UCSD holding a 14-8 advantage on the offensive glass. Four Tritons hit double-figure point totals, including Christian Oshita, who finished with a game-high 16. Scott Everman and Eric Patton netted 14 points apiece, with Everman going 4-for-4 from long range and Patton hauling in a game co-high eight rebounds. Christian Bayne and George Buaku each dished out four assists and Buaku added seven boards. The Aztecs, which shot 60.7 percent (34-56) for the game, got 46 of their points in the paint with 13 coming off the fast break. SDSU was 23-30 from the free throw line, while UC San Diego was 6-9. For the complete box score, click here.

TRITONS COMING OFF HISTORIC SEASON
UC San Diego's 2016-17 season was the finest in program history as the Tritons set records for overall wins (27) as well as California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) victories (17). The team won its first-ever CCAA regular season title and added a second banner by winning the league's tournament for a second time. For the second-straight season, top-seeded UCSD advanced to the NCAA West Region championship game, serving as the regional host for the first time. A 12-game win streak was also a team first and the Tritons were ranked as high as 11th in the country, finishing their campaign at No. 19. Senior guard Adam Klie was named the CCAA Player of the Year and Eric Olen was tabbed the CCAA Coach of the Year. In addition to Klie, sophomore center Chris Hansen was an All-CCAA First Team selection, while sophomore swingman Christian Oshita was named to the league's second team.

FINAL 2016-17 CCAA STANDINGS
UC San Diego, 17-3*^
San Francisco State, 16-4
Chico State, 15-5
Sonoma State, 15-5
Cal State San Marcos, 12-8
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 11-9
Cal Poly Pomona, 10-10
Cal State LA, 9-11
Humboldt State, 7-13
Cal State San Bernardino, 7-13
Cal State East Bay, 6-14
Stanislaus State, 3-17
Cal State Monterey Bay, 2-18
* CCAA regular season champion
^ CCAA Tournament champion

HANSEN TO MISS 2017-18 SEASON
Junior center Chris Hansen will sit out the team's 2017-18 campaign following off-season shoulder surgery. In 2016-17, Hansen averaged 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds, both numbers ranking second on the roster. His .505 field goal percentage and 22 blocks led the Tritons. In the CCAA, he ranked first in free throw percentage (.960), third in field goal percentage (.529), 11th in blocks (0.8), 13th in scoring (13.3), and 16th in rebounding (5.8). Hansen was a First Team All-CCAA selection.

ADAM 13
Adam Klie graduated in 2017 as UC San Diego's Division II leader in career points (1,524), rebounds (625), field goals made (561), field goals attempted (1,084), free throws attempted (527), games played (118), and minutes played (3,510). The guard, who wore No. 13, was just the second Triton during the team's DII era to total 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. This past season, Klie earned a slew of awards, including CCAA Player of the Year, NABC and D2CCA West Region First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year, and CCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades. The three-time All-CCAA selection and 2014 CCAA Freshman of the Year graduated with a 4.0 GPA as a Bioengineering major. Klie is currently playing professionally for the Niagara River Lions of the National Basketball League of Canada.

NABC NATIONAL POLL
(10/31 - Preseason)
1. Northwest Missouri State
2. Queens
3. Bellarmine
4. Lincoln Memorial
5. St. Thomas Aquinas
6. Indiana (Pa.)
7. Chico State
8. Shippensburg
9. Colorado School of Mines
10. Ferris State
11. UT Permian Basin
12. Barry
13. Rollins
14. California Baptist
15. Southwest Minnesota State
16. Fort Lewis
17. West Liberty
18. Merrimack
19. Wheeling Jesuit
20. Findlay
21. West Texas A&M
22. Western Washington
23. Arkansas-Monticello
24. Kentucky Wesleyan
25. Delta State

UCSD IN THE NABC NATIONAL POLL
• Preseason: Receiving Votes

D2SIDA POLL
(11/7 - Preseason)
1. Northwest Missouri State
2. Lincoln Memorial
3. Bellarmine
4. Queens
5. Barry
6. Indiana (Pa.)
7. St. Thomas Aquinas
8. UT Permian Basin
9. Chico State
10. California Baptist
11. Shippensburg
12. Ferris State
13. Southwest Minnesota State
14. Fort Lewis
15. Findlay
16. Rollins
17. Christian Brothers
18. Merrimack
19. Western Washington
20. Fairmont State
21. UNC Pembroke
22. Colorado School of Mines
23. Arkansas Monticello
24. West Texas A&M
25. Wheeling Jesuit

UCSD IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
• Preseason: Receiving Votes

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(11/6 - Preseason)
1. California Baptist
2. Chico State
3. Western Washington
4. UC San Diego
5. Dixie State
6. Point Loma
t-7. Western Oregon
t-7. Cal State San Marcos
9. Hawaii Pacific
10. Cal Poly Pomona

UCSD IN THE D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
• Preseason: 4th

HEAD COACH ERIC OLEN
Following nine seasons as an assistant coach with the UC San Diego men's basketball team, Eric Olen was named the program's 12th head coach on Oct. 1, 2013. Over his four seasons at the helm, Olen has led the Tritons to an 82-36 (.695) overall record with a 57-27 (.679) mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play. Olen joined the UC San Diego coaching staff as a second assistant for the 2004-05 season. Just one year later, he was promoted to first assistant. As a player at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., Olen helped the Badgers to three-straight appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, including trips to the NAIA Elite Eight in 2000 and 2001. He graduated from Spring Hill in 2004 with a degree in finance. For Olen's complete bio, click here.

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UP NEXT
UC San Diego, which plays its first six games of the season on the road, will have a quick turnaround as it takes on crosstown rival Point Loma on Tuesday, Nov. 14 (7:30 p.m.). The Tritons then travel to 14th-ranked California Baptist on Saturday, Nov. 18 (7:00 p.m.).

#AllForOne

Friday, November 24
Men's Basketball at Western Washington
7:30 PM
Bellingham, WA
Saturday, November 25
Men's Basketball at Alaska Fairbanks
2:30 PM
Bellingham, WA (WWU)
Thursday, November 30
Men's Basketball vs. Cal State San Bernardino
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, December 02
Men's Basketball at Cal State San Marcos
7:30 PM
San Marcos
Friday, December 08
Men's Basketball vs. Cal State Monterey Bay
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Sunday, December 17
Men's Basketball at Cal State LA
7:30 PM
Los Angeles
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