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Anthony Ballestero is one of five Triton seniors that will be honored prior to Saturday night's game.

Regular Season Concludes At Home This Week With Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State LA, and Senior Night

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THE SCHEDULE
Game 27
Thursday, Feb. 22 • 7:30 p.m. PT
vs Cal State Dominguez Hills (12-15, 9-11 CCAA)
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
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Game 28 - Senior Night
Saturday, Feb. 24 • 7:30 p.m. PT
vs. Cal State LA (12-14, 8-12 CCAA)
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
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LET ME IN
Tickets for all regular season home games at RIMAC Arena are available at the main entrance box office. General admission is $10. Seniors (65+), children/youth (7-17), and visiting student tickets are $5. UC San Diego students and children under 7 are FREE!

WRAP YOUR WRIST
After the end of Thursday night's women's basketball game at RIMAC Arena, the first 500 UC San Diego students can grab a free UCSD bracelet in celebration of Black History Month!

SENIOR NIGHT
Prior to the start of Saturday night's game, the five senior members of this year's squad will be recognized - Anthony Ballestero, George Buaku, Kenny Fraser, Brett Oosdyke, and Michael Shoemaker. Join us as we celebrate these outstanding Tritons!

YMCA NIGHT
Saturday will also be YMCA Night at RIMAC Arena. Anyone with a YMCA card or shirt will get FREE admission for themselves and their entire group!

TRITONS CLINCH HOME CCAA QUARTERFINAL
With this past Saturday's win at Humboldt State, UCSD assured itself a home quarterfinal game in next week's eight-team CCAA Tournament. The Tritons will host the contest on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. with their opponent yet to be determined. Cal Poly Pomona, Chico State, and Cal State San Marcos will also host quarterfinal match-ups, while San Francisco State, Cal State San Bernardino, and Stanislaus State have each secured a berth in the tourney. The eighth and final spot is still up for grabs between Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State LA, and Sonoma State. Cal State East Bay, Cal State Monterey Bay, and Humboldt State have been eliminated from contention. The tournament semifinals and final will be played March 2-3 at Cal Poly Pomona's Kellogg Arena.

CCAA STANDINGS
(through 2/21)
Cal Poly Pomona, 17-4
Chico State, 15-5
Cal State San Marcos, 14-6
UC San Diego, 14-6
San Francisco State, 12-8
Cal State San Bernardino, 11-10
Stanislaus State, 10-10
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 9-11
Cal State LA, 8-12
Sonoma State, 7-13
Humboldt State, 6-14
Cal State East Bay, 6-15
Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-18

SECOND NCAA WEST REGION RANKINGS RELEASED
The NCAA released its second West Region rankings of the season Wednesday and UC San Diego remained in the No. 5 spot. Eight teams from the West will earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament, with the selections being announced on Sunday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. PT.
1. Western Oregon
2. California Baptist
3. Cal Poly Pomona
4. Dixie State
5. UC San Diego
6. Point Loma
7. Chico State
8. Saint Martin's
9. Cal State San Marcos
10. Azusa Pacific

WATCH LIVE ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
If you can't make it to RIMAC Arena, all home games this season will be streamed live at UCSDtritons.tv. The broadcasts are in high definition and can be viewed from smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers. The single-game fee is $5.99, though the broadcast is available free of charge to anyone with a UC San Diego campus IP address. Fans can access all live coverage from the Schedule/Results page.

BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, 2017, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020 and will play a full Big West schedule that season. During the transition, UCSD will be eligible for National Collegiate Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and men's and women's fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I Championships. Read the full press release here.

ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 17-9
• CCAA: 14-6
• Home: 6-3
• Away: 10-4
• Neutral: 1-2
• Streak: Won 1
• NABC National Ranking: N/A
• Against Ranked Teams: 0-2
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 2nd

UC SAN DIEGO ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Starters Returning (2)
George Buaku (G, Sr., 6-3, 185)
Christian Oshita (G/F, Jr., 6-6, 210)

Starters Lost (3)
Chris Hansen (C, Jr., 6-7, 265)
Adam Klie (G, Sr., 6-4, 205)
Aleks Lipovic (G, Sr., 6-5, 205)

Others Returning (9)
Anthony Ballestero (G, Sr., 5-10, 175)
Scott Everman (F, So., 6-7, 210)
Kenny Fraser (F, Sr., 6-7, 200)
Chris Hansen (C, Jr., 6-7, 265)
Mikey Howell (G, RFr., 6-3, 160)
Brett Oosdyke (F, Jr., 6-7, 215)
Eric Patton (F, Jr., 6-6, 210)
Ben Rico (G, So., 6-4, 180)
Michael Shoemaker (F, Sr., 6-8, 216)

Others Lost (2)
Joshua Brooks (G, Sr., 6-2, 175)
Koree Cox (G, Sr., 6-3, 190)

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

ABOUT CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 12-15
• CCAA: 9-11
• Home: 6-7
• Away: 6-6
• Neutral: 0-2
• Streak: Won 1
• NABC National Ranking: N/A
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 7th

ABOUT CAL STATE LA
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 12-14
• CCAA: 8-12
• Home: 8-6
• Away: 3-8
• Neutral: 1-0
• Streak: Lost 1
• NABC National Ranking: N/A
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 6th

UCSD AGAINST THE OPPONENTS
Cal State Dominguez Hills
• Overall: UCSD leads 27-18
• Last Meeting: CSUDH 65, UCSD 63 (12/19/17 at Carson)

Cal State LA
• Overall: UCSD leads 23-14
• Last Meeting: UCSD 81, CSULA 73 (12/17/17 at Los Angeles)

WEEKLY REWIND
• 2/17/18 at Arcata: UCSD 77, Humboldt State 57
• 2/15/18 at Chico: Chico State 66, UCSD 56

ERIC OLEN APPROACHING 100 WINS
UC San Diego head coach Eric Olen is just ONE win short of 100 for his career. Now in his fifth year leading the Tritons, Olen enters this week's games with a 99-45 (.688) record.

BAYNE DRAIN
Christian Bayne has drained 130 of his 142 free throw attempts, 91.5 percent. That percentage is second among all CCAA players and ranks ninth in the country. His 130 free throws made are the 30th-most by any player in the nation. He recently came off a 35-for-35 streak between Jan. 13 and Feb. 15, which included an 11-for-11 performance at Sonoma State on Feb. 2. He went 13-for-13 from the line at Western Washington on Nov. 24.

SCOTT EVERMAN FOR THREE!!!
Six-foot-seven forward Scott Everman leads the Tritons with 68 three-pointers made. The sophomore has hit at least one long-range shot in 25 of 26 games and has netted multiple treys in 19 contests.

MARGINALLY SPEAKING
UC San Diego's 23-point (73-50) win against Chico State on Jan. 6 was the largest margin of victory ever for the Tritons over the Wildcats. The previous mark was 20 (61-41) in a game back on Jan. 7, 2006. The 41 points are the fewest that Chico State has ever scored against the Tritons.

OSHITA IS THE CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christian Oshita was named the first CCAA Men's Basketball Player of the Week for 2018 on Jan. 2 after helping UC San Diego to a pair of key league victories. He averaged 19.5 points and 6.0 rebounds and netted seven three-pointers, all team-bests. He shot .536 overall and .500 from behind the arc. In a 71-60 home victory against San Francisco State, Oshita totaled a game-high 19 points with five rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Two days later on the road at Stanislaus State, he produced a game-high 20 points to go along with a team-best seven rebounds as the Tritons defeated the Warriors by a score of 70-58. Oshita made four of his seven three-point attempts in the game. It is the first career CCAA Player of the Week award for Oshita. He is the second Triton to win the accolade this season as Christian Bayne earned the honor on Nov. 28.

ANOTHER HONOR FOR OSHITA
Christian Oshita was named a San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for December. He averaged 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds, both team-highs, while shooting .476 (39-82) overall and .375 (15-40) from behind the three-point line to help lead UC San Diego to a 4-2 conference record in December. He hit double-figure point totals in all six games and netted multiple three-pointers in five contests. Oshita totaled 15 assists and seven steals over the month. In a win at Cal State Dominguez Hills, he recorded his second double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

WAIT FOR IT
Christian Bayne has been coming up huge in the second half. In 17 of 25 contests, he's scored more than half of his points in the second stanza and overtime. Overall this season, he's produced 250 of his 388 points, 64 percent, in the second half or later. Here's a game-by-game look at Bayne's second-half totals in relation to his game totals.
• 2/17 at Humboldt State: 10 of 24
• 2/15 at Chico State: 8 of 14
• 2/10 at Cal State San Bernardino: 8 of 10
• 2/9 vs. Cal Poly Pomona: 0 of 3
• 2/3 at San Francisco State: 4 of 6
• 2/2 at Sonoma State: 21 of 28
• 1/27 vs. Sonoma State: 8 of 10
• 1/23 vs. Cal State San Marcos: 4 of 11
• 1/18 vs. Stanislaus State: DNP
• 1/13 at Cal State East Bay: 24 of 28
• 1/11 at Cal State Monterey Bay: 13 of 19
• 1/6 vs. Chico State: 2 of 9
• 1/5 vs. Humboldt State: 12 of 22
• 12/31 at Stanislaus State: 2 of 13
• 12/29 vs. San Francisco State: 8 of 16
• 12/19 at Cal State Dominguez Hills: 4 of 4
• 12/17 at Cal State LA: 14 of 19
• 12/8 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay: 13 of 15 (4 in OT)
• 12/2 at Cal State San Marcos: 18 of 24
• 11/30 vs. Cal State San Bernardino: 19 of 28
• 11/25 vs. Alaska Fairbanks: 8 of 16
• 11/24 at Western Washington: 15 of 19
• 11/18 at California Baptist: 11 of 18
• 11/14 at Point Loma: 8 of 14
• 11/11 vs. Dixie State: 11 of 11
• 11/10 vs. Azusa Pacific: 5 of 7

TOP 50 HITS
As a team, UC San Diego ranks in the top 50 nationally in seven different statistical categories (through 2/20):
• 22nd: Scoring Defense (67.6)
• 29th: Fewest Turnovers/Game (11.1)
• 34th: Fewest Turnovers (289)
• 41st: Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.31)
• 45th: 3-Point Field Goal Attempts (674)
• 49th: 3-Point Field Goals/Game (9.5)
• 49th: 3-Point Field Goals Made (246)

UCSD IN THE CCAA
CCAA games only (through 2/21)
• 1st: Free Throw Percentage (.765)
• T-1st: Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.29)
• 2nd: Fewest Turnovers/Game (10.9)
• 3rd: Scoring Defense (67.2)
• 3rd: Scoring Margin (4.6)
• 3rd: Field Goal Percentage (.446)
• 3rd: 3-Point Field Goals/Game (9.3)
• 3rd: Assists/Game (14.05)
• 6th: 3-Point Field Goal Percentage (.355)
• 6th: Blocks/Game (2.65)
• 6th: Steals/Game (5.85)
• 7th: Scoring (71.8)
• 12th: Rebounds/Game (32.4)

TRITON CCAA LEADERS BY CATEGORY
CCAA games only (through 2/21)
2. Free Throw Percentage: Christian Bayne (.906)
3. 3-Point Field Goals/Game: Scott Everman (2.6)
T-3. Scoring: Christian Bayne (15.9)
4. Field Goal Percentage: Christian Oshita (.432)
5. Rebounding: Christian Oshita (7.4)
5. 3-Point Field Goal Percentage: Anthony Ballestero (.392)
T-9. Steals/Game: Christian Bayne (1.4)
14. Blocks/Game: Scott Everman (0.6)
19. Assists/Game: Mikey Howell (2.5)

BAYNE NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christian Bayne was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Nov. 28. Over two wins at Western Washington’s Chuck Randall Classic, Bayne led UC San Diego in scoring (17.5 points/game), rebounding (6.5/game), and free throw percentage (1.000). In an 81-73 victory against the host, the junior guard totaled a season-high 19 points to go along with a team- and season-high seven rebounds as well as a game- and season-high four assists. Bayne went a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line vs. the Vikings. Against Alaska, he shot .700 (7-10) and pulled down a game-high six rebounds. The Tritons defeated the Nanooks by a score of 80-56. For the week, Bayne totaled 35 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists while shooting .588 (10-17).

TRITON TRIO EARNS TOURNEY ACCOLADES IN WASHINGTON
At Western Washington's Chuck Randall Classic, Christian Oshita was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 17.0 points per game and going 13-for-22, 59.1 percent, from the field over a pair of UC San Diego victories. Christian Bayne and Scott Everman were also named to the all-tournament team.

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.

2016-17 UC SAN DIEGO REWIND
• 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

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. Check out his current season statistics here.

NABC NATIONAL POLL
(2/20)
1. Lincoln Memorial
2. Queens
3. Ferris State
4. Western Oregon
5. West Liberty
6. Bellarmine
7. West Texas A&M
8. Valdosta State
9. Morehouse
10. Northwest Missouri State
11. Northern State
12. UT-Permian Basin
13. Southern Nazarene
14. Findlay
15. West Florida
16. Virginia State
17. Bridgeport
18. Arkansas-Fort Smith
19. California Baptist
20. Clark Atlanta
21. Fort Lewis
22. Le Moyne
23. Cal Poly Pomona
24. Dallas Baptist
25. Wheeling Jesuit

UCSD IN THE NABC NATIONAL POLL
• 2/20: N/A
• 2/13: N/A
• 2/6: N/A
• 1/30: N/A
• 1/23: N/A
• 1/16: N/A
• 1/9: N/A
• 1/2: N/A
• 12/26: N/A
• 12/12: N/A
• 12/5: N/A
• 11/28: N/A
• 11/21: N/A
• Preseason: Receiving Votes

D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
(2/20)
1. Lincoln Memorial
2. Ferris State
3. Queens
4. West Liberty
5. Western Oregon
6. West Texas A&M
7. Bellarmine
8. Valdosta State
9. UT-Permian Basin
10. Northern State
11. Findlay
12. Northwest Missouri State
13. Morehouse
14. Bridgeport
15. Virginia State
16. Southern Nazarene
17. West Florida
18. Arkansas-Fort Smith
19. Le Moyne
20. Clark Atlanta
21. Dixie State
22. California Baptist
23. UNC Pembroke
24. Cal Poly Pomona
25. Fort Lewis

UCSD IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
• 2/20: N/A
• 2/13: N/A
• 2/6: N/A
• 1/30: Receiving Votes
• 1/23: N/A
• 1/16: N/A
• 1/9: N/A
• 12/21: N/A
• 12/12: N/A
• 12/5: N/A
• 11/28: N/A
• 11/21: N/A
• 11/14: N/A
• Preseason: Receiving Votes

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(2/12)
1. Western Oregon
2. Dixie State
T-3. Cal Poly Pomona
T-3. California Baptist
5. Cal State San Marcos
6. Western Washington
7. Saint Martin's
8. Chico State
9. Point Loma
10. UC San Diego

UCSD IN THE D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
• 2/12: 10th
• 2/5: 9th
• 1/29: T-4th
• 1/22: 8th
• 1/15: 4th
• 1/8: 6th
• 12/20: N/A
• 12/11: 10th
• 12/4: 7th
• 11/27: T-9th
• 11/20: Receiving Votes
• 11/13: Receiving Votes
• Preseason: 4th

2017-18 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
1. Chico State
2. UC San Diego
3. Cal State San Marcos
4. Cal Poly Pomona
5. San Francisco State
6. Cal State LA
7. Cal State Dominguez Hills
8. Cal State San Bernardino
9. Sonoma State
10. Stanislaus State
11. Cal State East Bay
12. Humboldt State
13. Cal State Monterey Bay

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 begins its postseason by hosting a CCAA Tournament quarterfinal game at RIMAC Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The Tritons' opponent will be decided following the conclusion of the regular season this week. The tourney's semifinals and final will be contested March 2-3 at Cal Poly Pomona.

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