Three-peat! Tritons Defeat Cal Poly Pomona, 71-62, for CCAA Tournament Crown
HAYWARD, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's basketball team won its third-consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament championship Saturday, defeating 20th-ranked Cal Poly Pomona, 71-62, in the title game at Pioneer Gymnasium.
The win earned the Tritons an automatic berth in the NCAA Division II West Regional. The site and pairings will be announced Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
With the victory, UC San Diego becomes the first CCAA program to win the men's and women's conference tournaments in the same season.
Senior guard Christian Bayne led the Tritons with a team-high 20 points, redshirt freshman guard Tyrell Roberts added 17 points, and redshirt junior center Chris Hansen finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds for his 11th double-double. Hansen also had a block, which put him at 34 for the year, a new single season record for the Tritons.
Bayne was named the CCAA Tournament MVP, while Roberts and Hansen joined him on the All-Tournament Team.
A 3-pointer by Gabe Hadley with 13 minutes remaining in the first half put UC San Diego up 11-8 and the Tritons led the rest of the way. They increased their lead to as many as 16 points in the half, their largest advantage of the game.
Cal Poly Pomona got back within five points early in the second half, but the Broncos would not close the gap any further.
The Tritons made 8-of-16 3-point attempts and finished 17-of-20 (85 percent) from the free throw line.
The Broncos (21-6), who had their 14-game win streak stopped, got 17 points and nine rebounds from Riley Schaefer.
UC San Diego defeated Cal Poly Pomona to win the 2018 CCAA Tournament crown as well.
At 25-7, UC San Diego has won seven-consecutive games heading into next week's NCAA West Regional.
CCAA Tournament MVP
Christian Bayne, UC San Diego
CCAA Tournament Results
Quarterfinals - Tuesday, March 5
• No. 1 Cal Poly Pomona 85, No. 8 Humboldt State 67
• No. 2 UC San Diego 98, No. 7 Cal State San Bernardino 69
• No. 3 Cal State East Bay 68, No. 6 Cal State Dominguez Hills 54
• No. 5 Cal State LA 81, No. 4 San Francisco State 76 (OT)
Semifinals - Friday, March 8 at Cal State East Bay
• No. 2 UC San Diego 72, No. 3 Cal State East Bay 68
• No. 1 Cal Poly Pomona 102, No. 5 Cal State LA 99 (4OT)
Final - Saturday, March 9 at Cal State East Bay
• No. 2 UC San Diego 71, No. 1 Cal Poly Pomona 62
About UC San Diego Athletics
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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