Tritons Win Final Regular Season Road Game at SF State
SAN FRANCISCO - Christian Bayne and Tyrell Roberts combined for 51 points as the University of California San Diego men's basketball team crushed San Francisco State, 87-65, Saturday afternoon at The Swamp.
The win, coming in its final regular season road contest, moved UC San Diego to 20-7 overall and 15-5 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). With two more games remaining before the postseason opens, the Tritons sit in a tie for second place with Cal Poly Pomona. Cal State East Bay is in first with its 16-4 league record. The Tritons, along with the Pioneers and Broncos, have already secured home CCAA Tournament quarterfinal games.
"It was a great time to play great," said UC San Diego head coach Eric Olen. "We beat a really good team on the road to finish off an important weekend."
For the fifth-consecutive game, Bayne finished with a double-digit point total, this time collecting a game-high 31 against the Gators. He amassed a career-high 33 against Cal State Dominguez Hills on February 14. Bayne put on a shooting clinic in the Bay Area, making 11 of his 15 attempts from the field and netting three three-pointers. He was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line and also contributed nine rebounds, which equaled his career-best, three assists, and three steals.
Roberts totaled 20 points to go along with two boards and an assist. He matched Bayne with three makes from behind the three-point arc. Roberts has finished with at least 10 points in 10 of his last 11 outings.
Gabe Hadley hit four three-pointers to total 12 points, while Scott Everman and Chris Hansen both had nine points. Mikey Howell (San Marcos/San Marcos HS) racked up six assists after dishing out seven at Sonoma State Thursday.
After shooting 43.8 percent (14-32) in the opening half of play, UC San Diego improved to 58.6 percent (17-29) in the second to finish at 50.8 percent (31-61). It was the ninth time this season that the team made at least half of its shots.
The Tritons turned the ball over just four times, which matched the team's lowest total since it became an NCAA Division II program (2000-01).
It was the second-straight game in which UC San Diego's opponent never held a lead. In fact, after Everman had a tip-in for the game's first points, the Tritons stayed ahead the rest of the way. A three by Hadley with 2:29 left in the first half gave UC San Diego its first double-digit lead, 32-22.
After leading 38-29 at the break, the Tritons quickly increased their advantage to 15 points when a Hansen layup made it 46-31 at the 17:17 mark of the second. A Bayne free throw at 5:17 gave UC San Diego a 20-point lead, 78-58.
"We shared the ball well, we took care of it, and we made a lot of plays offensively," said Olen. "I thought we forced mostly tough shots on the defensive end as well. That's a recipe for success for us and we're hoping to build on that as we close out the regular season next week."
SF State (16-9, 12-8) dominated the boards, out-rebounding UC San Diego 39-25, including a 15-5 edge on the offensive glass. The Gators got a double-double performance from Chiefy Ugbaja, who had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
UC San Diego wraps up its regular season slate next week at RIMAC Arena in La Jolla, hosting Cal State Monterey Bay on Thursday, February 28, and Cal State East Bay on Saturday, March 2. Both games tip at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday will be Senior Night with Bayne and Eric Patton being celebrated.
The Tritons will host a CCAA Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday, March 5.
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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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