Tritons Net 72-61 Win at Cal State Monterey Bay
SEASIDE, Calif. - Chris Hansen recorded game-highs with 23 points and eight rebounds to lead the 16th-ranked University of California San Diego men's basketball team to a 72-61 victory at conference rival Cal State Monterey Bay Thursday evening.
With its third win in a row, UC San Diego moved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Monterey Bay will continue to look for its first win after falling to 0-7 and 0-3.
"It was great to get a win on the road," said UC San Diego head coach Eric Olen. "We relied on our defense more tonight when shots weren't falling and it's encouraging that we can find different ways to win. We need to keep improving and work on being more consistent and this is a game we can learn from and build on."
Hansen was 9-for-13 with three three-pointers, two blocks, and an assist. It was the fourth time this season and third-straight game that he scored at least 20 points.
Scott Everman finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and two blocks, while Tyrell Roberts totaled seven points, five assists, and three boards. Mikey Howell and Eric Patton each contributed eight points. Patton was 4-for-4 from the field.
UC San Diego shot 47.4 percent (27-57) overall and improved to 56 percent (14-25) in the second half after hitting at a 40.6 percent (13-32) in the first.
Joseph Bosetti had 22 points and Charlie Tooley ended his night with 15 for the Otters.
The Otters out-rebounded the Tritons 36-32, which included a 12-6 advantage on the offensive glass.
The teams combined for 30 turnovers, with UC San Diego scoring 21 points off of 16 committed by Monterey Bay.
Down 22-19 with just over five minutes remaining in the first half, the Tritons went on a 9-0 run to take a six-point lead and they stayed in front for the rest of the night. The run consisted of a three-pointer by Howell and layups from Everman, Hansen, and Roberts.
A three-pointer by Martin Tombe at the 6:50 mark of the second half put UC San Diego ahead by 17, 61-44, its largest lead of the game. Cal State Monterey Bay got back within nine when Akil Reese hit a three to make the score 70-61 in favor of the Tritons with 28 ticks left on the clock. A pair of free throws by Connor Peterson closed out the scoring and sealed the win.
UC San Diego remains on the road, but close to home, as it plays at Cal State San Marcos on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m.
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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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