Tritons Defeat Stan State, Take Back Sole Possession of First Place
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Gabe Hadley netted a career-high 17 points and the 19th-ranked University of California San Diego men's basketball team drained 14 three-pointers to roll to a 73-56 conference victory over Stanislaus State Thursday on Spirit Night at RIMAC Arena.
UC San Diego moved to 17-4 overall and 12-2 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The win, coupled with a Cal State East Bay loss, gave the Tritons sole possession of first place in the league.
Hadley's 17 points, also a game-high, came off 6-for-11 shooting with five of his makes originating from behind the three-point line. The sophomore guard from Australia also collected three assists, two rebounds, and a steal in 24 minutes of floor time.
Senior guard Christian Bayne finished with 13 points and five assists, while redshirt freshman guard Tyrell Roberts had 12 points on four three-pointers and sophomore guard Mikey Howell (San Marcos/San Marcos HS) dished out five assists to go along with nine points and six boards. Redshirt junior center Chris Hansen grabbed a game-best nine rebounds and also contributed nine points.
The Tritons, who lead the country in three-pointers made, hit six in the opening half and eight in the second half. They have made at least 10 treys in 17 of 21 games.
UC San Diego shot 42.9 percent (27-63) for the night and turned the ball over just eight times while scoring 21 points off of 15 turnovers by the Warriors.
The Tritons never trailed in the game. With the score tied 2-2 early, they went on a 14-2 run backed primarily by threes - two from Hadley and one each from Howell and redshirt junior guard Jeremy Johnson.
At the 13:10 mark of the second half, Hansen made a three-pointer to put UC San Diego up by 30 points, 57-27, its largest lead of the game.
The final 17-point spread was as close as Stanislaus State would get.
Jourdan Johnson led the Warriors with 12 points. Stan State, which matched UC San Diego by shooting 42.9 percent (21-49), fell to 8-11 on the season and 5-10 in the CCAA.
With tonight's game the lone contest of the week for UC San Diego, the Tritons are off until February 7 when they play at Cal Poly Pomona.
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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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