16th-Ranked Tritons Edge Cal State San Marcos, 62-58
SAN MARCOS, Calif. - The 16th-ranked University of California San Diego men's basketball team led the whole way and survived a second-half scare as it defeated cross-county rival Cal State San Marcos by a score of 62-58 Saturday afternoon at The Sports Center.
UC San Diego improved to 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Cal State San Marcos fell to 3-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play. It was the fourth-straight win for the Tritons and the fourth-consecutive loss for the Cougars.
Scott Everman hit a three-pointer two minutes into the game to kick off the scoring and the Tritons stayed in front the rest of the way.
With 4:38 left in the opening half, a pair of free throws by Martin Tombe put UC San Diego up by 22 points at 37-15, its largest advantage of the game.
The Tritons, who led 45-28 at the break, went into a shooting slump in the second stanza and managed to net just 17 points. After making 48.4 percent (15-31) of their shots in the first, they hit just three of 26 attempts in the second, 11.5 percent. All three makes were three-pointers and all but five of their attempts came from behind the arc.
The Cougars totaled 30 points on 47.8 percent (11-23) shooting in the second half. They put together a 9-0 run that had them down by just two points, 55-53, with 4:53 remaining. With just under two minutes on the clock, a JR Williams layup tied the game at 56-56. The Tritons answered with a huge three-pointer by Tyrell Roberts. From there, they out-scored their opponent 3-2 from the free throw line to seal the victory.
Everman finished with a team-high 14 points. He was 5-for-10 overall and 4-for-8 from downtown. He also added four rebounds, two blocks, and a steal. Connor Peterson had 11 points, a block, and a steal in just 13 minutes of floor time. He went 3-for-4, all from three-point range. Christian Bayne had nine rebounds and four assists, and three steals while Roberts totaled nine points and seven boards.
UC San Diego held a 40-32 lead in rebounds, which included a 13-5 advantage on the offensive end. The teams combined for 32 turnovers, 17 of those by the Tritons, a season-high.
Cal State San Marcos got a game-high 20 points from Khalil Fuller, 15 from Darae Elliott, and 13 from Bryce Sloan. Fuller also led all players with 13 rebounds.
UC San Diego hosts San Francisco State on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. It will be the first Winter Whiteout at RIMAC Arena. Fans are encouraged to wear white to the game and everyone in attendance will receive a free white t-shirt.
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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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