No. 24 UC San Diego Beats 14th-Ranked Western Washington, 97-92
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Chris Hansen netted 26 points and was one of five players to score in double figures as No. 24 UC San Diego defeated 14th-ranked Western Washington, 97-92, Saturday night at RIMAC Arena.
The Tritons came back from a six-point halftime deficit to win an uber-competitive game that featured 17 lead changes.
Hansen, whose point total was one short of his career-best, hit 11 of his 14 shot attempts, two of those makes coming from behind the 3-point arc. The junior center also had four rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes of floor time. Hansen was playing in just his second game since March of 2017 as he redshirted last season following shoulder surgery.
Senior swingman Christian Oshita had 20 points, while junior forward Scott Everman and redshirt freshman guard Tyrell Roberts both finished with 13. Senior guard Christian Bayne rounded out the 10 point-plus scoring quintet with 12.
Oshita was 7-for-11 with four treys. He also pulled down seven rebounds. Roberts put together a well-rounded effort, going 5-for-8 overall and 3-for-3 from long range while also contributing six assists, two rebounds, and a steal. Bayne grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, which equaled his career-best.
Sophomore guard Mikey Howell dished out five assists.
UC San Diego made 56 percent of its shots, going 34-for-61.
Trevor Jasinsky led WWU with 23 points. The Vikings shot 52.4 percent on the night.
Both teams combined for 29 3-pointers as Western Washington totaled 16 and UC San Diego had 13. The Tritons and Vikings turned the ball over nine times each.
The 97 points were the most scored by the Tritons since putting up 99 at Cal State San Bernardino in March of 2013.
It was the second and final day of the season-opening CCAA/GNAC Challenge. UC San Diego went 2-0 in the tournament as it downed Simon Fraser Friday by a score of 69-54. Cal State Dominguez Hills and Western Washington both went 1-1, while SFU lost both of its games.
Bayne and Hansen were named to the all-tournament team.
UC San Diego continues its busy schedule Monday when it hosts non-conference opponent Saint Martin's at 7 p.m.
CCAA/GNAC Challenge All-Tournament Team
Christian Bayne, Sr., G, UC San Diego
Michael Chavers, Sr., F, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Chris Hansen, Jr., C, UC San Diego
Trevor Jasinsky, Jr., F, Western Washington
Othniel Spence, Jr., G, Simon Fraser
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