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Triton Trio Earns All-CCAA Accolades

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SAN RAMON, Calif. - Three standouts from the University of California San Diego men's basketball program have been named All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) performers as the conference announced its annual selections Thursday.

Christian Bayne and Christian Oshita earned spots on the All-CCAA First Team, while Scott Everman was selected to the All-CCAA Second Team.

A junior guard, Bayne leads UC San Diego in several statistical categories including points per game (16.3), field goal percentage (.481), free throw percentage (.914), and steals per game (1.4). He is second in assists per game (2.4) and his .914 free throw percentage is the ninth-highest in the country. Among all CCAA players in conference games, Bayne ranked first in free throw percentage (.900), second in points per game (16.5) and field goal percentage (.491), and fifth in steals per game (1.6).

Over 28 games played, Bayne has scored 10-plus points 23 times and 20-plus points eight times, including a career-high 28 on three occasions. Tuesday night, Bayne hit a three-pointer with just three seconds remaining in the second overtime period to lift UCSD to an 82-81 victory over Stanislaus State in a CCAA Tournament quarterfinal, advancing the Tritons to Friday's semifinal round.

Oshita, the only Triton to start all 29 of the team's games, tops UCSD's stat sheet in rebounds per game (7.0) and minutes per game (33.2) and is second in points per game (16.1), field goal percentage (.452), 3-pointers made (69), and 3-point field goal percentage (.397). In the CCAA, the junior swingman ranked fourth in points per game (15.4) and minutes per game (33.3), fifth in field goal percentage (.431) and rebounds per game (7.3), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.379), and ninth in 3-point field goals per game (2.1).

A double-digit scoring machine, Oshita has totaled 10-plus points in 27 of 29 contests and at least 20 points eight times. In Tuesday's win against Stanislaus State, he netted a career-high 29 points, the most scored by a Triton this season. Oshita has five double-doubles this year.

It is Oshita's second all-conference honor as he was named to the second team in 2017.

Everman is a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward that leads UC San Diego with 74 three-pointers and 14 blocked shots. He is third on the team in points per game (12.8), field goal percentage (.443), and steals per game (0.7). In the conference, Everman ranked third in 3-pointers per game (2.5), eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.373), 10th in points per game (13.7 points/game), and 14th in blocks per game (0.5).

This season, Everman has scored 10 or more points 19 times, with 20 or more in five of those. He's hit multiple 3-pointers in 21 games.

Third-seeded UC San Diego (19-10) takes on second-seeded Chico State (20-7) in a CCAA Tournament semifinal on Friday, March 2, at 2:35 p.m. at Cal Poly Pomona's Kellogg Arena. The championship game is slated for Saturday, March 3, at 5:05 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 with senior, military, and youth tickets available for $5. All games at Kellogg Arena will be covered by live video and live stats.

2018 ALL-CCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS
Player of the Year: Ethan Alvano, Cal State San Marcos
Newcomer of the Year: Vida Faniel, Stanislaus State
Freshman of the Year: Phoenix Shackelford, Cal Poly Pomona
Coach of the Year: Greg Kamansky, Cal Poly Pomona

First Team
Ethan Alvano, Sr., G, Cal State San Marcos
Christian Bayne, Jr., G, UC San Diego
Brantley Bynum, Sr., F, San Francisco State
William Christmas, So., G, Cal Poly Pomona
Isaiah Ellis, Sr., F/C, Chico State
Warren Jackson, Sr., G, San Francisco State
Jalen McFerren, Sr., G, Chico State
Jordan Ogundiran, Jr., G, Cal Poly Pomona
Christian Oshita, Jr., G/F, UC San Diego
Josh Spiers, Sr., G, Cal State San Marcos

Second Team
Joe Boyd, Sr., F, Cal State San Marcos
Ty Davis, So., G, Stanislaus State
Scott Everman, So., F, UC San Diego
Vida Faniel, Jr., F, Stanislaus State
Malcolm Johnson, Fr., F, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Blake McBride, Sr., G, Cal State San Bernardino
Jonathan Nichols, Sr., G, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Jalyn Pennie, Sr., F, Cal State LA
Corey Silverstrom, Sr., G, Chico State
Quentin Taylor, Gr., G, Cal Poly Pomona

Honorable Mention: Druce Asah (CSUEB); Justin Briggs (CHICO); Dorian Butler (CSUSB); Andy Cleaves (STAN); Ajon Efferson (CSUSB); Kyle Frakes (CSUEB); Davasyia Hagger (HSU); Jacardo Hawkins (CSUSB); Armani Nicolis (SSU); Phoenix Shackelford (CPO); Brian Wright (CSUSM); Evan Zeller (SFSU)

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