Hansen, Roberts Lead No. 10 UC San Diego in Win vs. SF State
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Chris Hansen and Tyrell Roberts combined for 50 points to lead the 10th-ranked University of California San Diego men's basketball team to a narrow, 80-79 victory over league opponent San Francisco State Thursday evening at RIMAC Arena.
With its fifth-straight win, UC San Diego improved to 8-1 on the season and 5-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The Tritons also stayed unbeaten at home, moving to 6-0.
Hansen led all players with 27 points, marking the fifth time this season he totaled at least 20. The 6'7" center was 10-for-19 from the field and 6-for-9 from behind the three-point arc, matching a career-high for threes made. Hansen recorded his fourth double-double by taking down a game-high 11 rebounds while also adding two assists, two steals, and a block.
A redshirt freshman guard, Roberts registered a career-best 23 points on 9-for-18 shooting with five three-pointers. He had a game-high four assists as well.
The Tritons hit 17 three-pointers, 11 of those coming in the first half. They made 61.3 percent (19-31) of their shots in the first and led by 15 points, 51-36, at the intermission.
However, SF State rallied in the second half, opening with a 21-5 run. A layup by Brian Nebo with 12:11 remaining put the Gators up 57-56, their first lead since early in the opening half. They went ahead by nine points, 72-63, after Michael Diaz hit two free throws with just over five minutes left in the game.
It was then time for a UC San Diego rally. The Tritons scored 11 unanswered points, five coming from Roberts, and held a 74-72 lead at the 2:47 mark. With the score tied 74-74, Roberts hit a huge three with 2:12 remaining and the Tritons were able stay ahead until the final buzzer.
SF State fell to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the CCAA. Four Gators finished with at least 10 points, led by Jiday Ugbaja's 18.
Following a week off from competition, UC San Diego returns to the court Dec. 16-18 in Hawai'i. Competing in Hawai'i Pacific's Hoops in Hawai'i D2 Power Invitational, the Tritons take on the host along with two other opponents to be determined. Also competing in Honolulu will be Chaminade, Dallas Baptist, Emmanuel, Southern Nazarene, Western Oregon, and Western Washington.
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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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