Big Second Half Propels Tritons Over Wildcats, 84-68
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 19th-ranked University of California San Diego men's basketball team made 10 three-pointers in the second half and defeated conference rival Chico State, 84-68, Saturday night at RIMAC Arena.
UC San Diego is now 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Chico State was playing its first game of the season as the team's three previously scheduled contests were cancelled or postponed due to wildfires.
The first nine points of the second half came on back-to-back-to-back threes by UC San Diego, two from 6'7" center Chris Hansen. The 9-0 run put the Tritons up by 18 points, 43-25. By the 14:29 mark, they had netted three more, giving them six three-pointers in just over five and a half minutes of play.
In the half, UC San Diego made 10 of its 18 attempts from long range, 55.6 percent.
Hansen finished with 22 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. He was 7-for-10 from the field and had six blocks and an assist.
UC San Diego shot 53.7 percent (29-54) overall and 46.7 percent (14-30) from three-point land.
The Wildcats got 14 points and five rebounds from Justin Briggs. They shot 40.4 percent (23-57) for the night.
UC San Diego takes to the road next week, playing CCAA games at Cal State Monterey Bay on Nov. 29 and Cal State San Marcos on Dec. 1.
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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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