Tritons Open Island Tourney with 72-49 Win vs. Hawai'i Pacific
HONOLULU - Scott Everman hit seven three-pointers to help the seventh-ranked University of California San Diego men's basketball team to a convincing 72-49 victory against Hawai'i Pacific Sunday night at the Hawai'i Convention Center.
With its sixth consecutive win, UC San Diego improved to 9-1. HPU fell to 3-5. It was both team's first game of the Hoops in Hawai'i D2 Power Invitational tournament.
The 49 points were the least given up by the Tritons this season.
"It was nice to play well coming out of final exams with a long break between games," said UC San Diego head coach Eric Olen. "I was pleased with our defensive effort. We will need to build on tonight's performance if we want to have success against tough opponents in this tournament."
Everman was 8-for-12 from the field overall and 7-for-11 from behind the three-point arc. The forward also added two rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes of playing time.
Center Chris Hansen netted 16 points for the Tritons while guards Tyrell Roberts and Christian Bayne had nine and eight points, respectively. Both dished out five assists and Bayne grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Everman hit his first three just 1:32 into the contest to give UC San Diego a 5-3 lead and the Tritons stayed ahead the rest of the way.
Leading 36-27 at halftime, UC San Diego opened the second stanza with a 10-point run. Back-to-back-to-back threes by Bayne, Hansen, and guard Gabe Hadley had the Tritons leading by 28 points, 70-42, with just under five minutes left to play.
Scott Ulaneo had nine points and a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Sharks.
UC San Diego shot 44.6 percent (25-56) and HPU shot 32.7 percent (18-55). The Tritons hit 15 three-pointers and turned the ball over just nine times.
It was the second-ever meeting between UC San Diego and Hawai'i Pacific. The Sharks defeated the Tritons, 53-50, in December of 2006.
UC San Diego takes on Western Oregon (8-1) Monday at 10 p.m. PT in a semifinal match-up. The Wolves are receiving votes in the national poll.
No. 20 Chaminade and Dallas Baptist meet in Monday's early semi.
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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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