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Tritons Fall in Exhibition Contest at SDSU

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SAN DIEGO – UC San Diego redshirt senior Christian Oshita scored a game-high 20 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Tritons fell by a score of 86-51 to San Diego State in the 2019-20 exhibition opener at Viejas Arena on Wednesday night.

“I didn’t think it was our best performance, but San Diego State had a lot to do with that,” said UC San Diego head coach Eric Olen. “We struggled in a lot of ways with some foul trouble early [and] some miscommunication and lack of execution.”

The Tritons hung tough early, thanks to a strong start from Oshita. He came out firing from deep, knocking down three three-pointers in the game’s first 4:49. UC San Diego trailed by two, at 16-14, but San Diego State went on a 15-0 run to build a double digit cushion over a six-minute span halfway through the first.

Oshita led all scorers with 17 first half points on five made threes. As a team, the Tritons were just 5-of-21 from beyond the arc over the first 20 minutes, and the Aztecs closed the first half on a 13-0 run to build a 49-24 halftime lead.

SDSU shot 49% in the second half after shooting 63% over the game’s first 20 minutes. However, the Aztecs took advantage of poor UC San Diego shooting. The Tritons shot 29% for the game, and just 9-of-40 from beyond the arc. SDSU out-rebounded the Tritons, 46-31.

Oshita was certainly an offensive bright spot for UC San Diego, finishing 6-of-9 from distance and 7-of-10 overall. He also pulled down four rebounds.

“[Christian] is a guy who has been a consistent performer for us a few years and we can count on him to show up, compete, and play hard,” Olen said. “He’s got some work to do as well, but he certainly played well tonight.”

Junior Gabe Hadley paced the Tritons on the glass with five boards. The Tritons were plagued by foul trouble seemingly from the opening tip, and no UC San Diego player saw more minutes than junior guard Mikey Howell, who played 23.

“We had some good posessions where we got the ball to where we wanted and got the shots we wanted so that’s what we have to make sure we build on and take the things we didn’t do well and try and correct them,” Olen added.

UC San Diego returns to action on Friday night, when the Tritons travel north to visit UC Irvine in an exhibition contest. Game time is set for 7 p.m. from Bren Events Center.

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