Program-Record 24 Three-Pointers Lead to Rout of Cal State Monterey Bay
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's basketball team entered Thursday night's game against Cal State Monterey Bay with 339 three-pointers made this season, the most by any NCAA Division II squad in the country. It's a safe assumption the Tritons will retain that top position as they set a school record by hitting 24 treys in a 118-66 rout of the Otters at RIMAC Arena.
It was a big shooting night for UC San Diego, but even bigger was the actual victory. The Tritons improved to 21-7 overall and 16-5 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). With one game remaining in the regular season, they sit in a three-way tie for first place with Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State East Bay.
Cal State East Bay, which was alone in first place coming into Thursday's games, lost at Cal State San Marcos. The Tritons and Pioneers meet at RIMAC Arena Saturday and a UC San Diego win will give the Tritons at least a share of the conference regular season title.
Cal Poly Pomona defeated Cal State Dominguez Hills Thursday and hosts Cal State San Bernardino Saturday.
Now, back to the shooting.
UC San Diego's 24 three-pointers eclipsed the former program record of 22, which was accomplished twice, most recently in January of 1996. The Tritons netted 12 three-pointers in each half and went 24-for-39, 61.5 percent. They were 12-for-16, 75 percent, in the opening half. Eleven of 12 Tritons that saw playing time hit at least one three and seven hit multiple shots from behind the arc, led by Scott Everman, who finished with five.
Overall, UC San Diego made 42 of its 63 shot attempts, 66.7 percent. In the first half, the Tritons were 23-for-28, an incredible 82 percent.
The 118 points were the most scored by UC San Diego during its NCAA Division II era (since the 2000-01 season), topping the previous high of 116 at Stanislaus State in February of 2007.
Four Tritons finished in double figures including Everman (game-high 20), Christian Bayne (18), Jeremy Johnson (career-high 18), and Tyrell Roberts (11). Roberts, Mikey Howell (San Marcos/San Marcos HS), and Ben Rico hit three three-pointers each. Everman and Howell both dished out five assists and the team finished with a season-high 27 assists.
UC San Diego turned the ball over just five times, its second-lowest number of the season.
With the score tied 11-11, Howell drained a trey at the 15:58 mark of the first half to put the Tritons ahead and they stayed in front the rest of the way. They led 63-32 at halftime and went up by as many as 57 points when Rico knocked down a three with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
Cal State Monterey Bay (2-24, 2-19) was led by Joseph Bosetti, who finished with 18 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Jared Williams had 11 points and Charlie Tooley added 10.
The Otters shot 45.8 percent (27-59) and turned the ball over 16 times, which led to 34 points for the Tritons.
Saturday's game against Cal State East Bay starts at 7:30 p.m. It is Senior Night at RIMAC Arena and Bayne, Rico, and Eric Patton will be celebrated prior to tip-off.
With all eight CCAA Tournament spots filled, UC San Diego will host a quarterfinal on Tuesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. with its opponent still to be determined. The semifinals and championship game will be played March 8-9 at Cal State East Bay.
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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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