Oshita's Career-High 35 Points Drive Tritons to Win vs. Saint Martin's
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Christian Oshita dropped a career-high 35 points to lead the 24th-ranked University of California San Diego men's basketball team to a 96-69 win over non-conference opponent Saint Martin's Monday evening at RIMAC Arena.
UC San Diego remained perfect on the season at 3-0, while SMU lost for the first time to fall to 2-1.
Oshita, who had 26 points by halftime, made a blistering 81.3 percent of his shots on the night, hitting 13 of 16 attempts. The senior was 9-for-12 from behind the 3-point line, establishing a new career-high for treys made. He also added four rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
The last time a Triton scored more than Oshita was in January of 2008 when Henry Patterson totaled 37 points against Cal State Monterey Bay.
Two other Tritons hit for double figures including redshirt freshman Tyrell Roberts with 21 and redshirt junior Chris Hansen with 13. Roberts was 8-for-14, while Hansen was 4-for-8 and grabbed a game-high six rebounds.
UC San Diego shot 67.3 percent (35-52) overall, the team's best since finishing at 70.5 percent (31-44) against Sonoma State back in 2007. The Tritons shot 69.2 percent from long range, hitting 18 of 26.
With the score tied 10-10 at the 15:20 mark of the first half, Oshita hit a jumper to put the Tritons ahead and they stayed in front the rest of the way.
Saint Martin's got 10 points from Jordan Kitchen and nine from EJ Boyce. The Saints made just 13 of their 33 shots, 39.4 percent.
The Tritons have scored over 90 points in their last two outings. Saturday, they upset No. 14 Western Washington, 97-92.
In the midst of playing four games over six days, UC San Diego travels across town to take on Point Loma on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
Saint Martin's came back from a 19-point deficit to defeat Point Loma on Nov. 10.
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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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