CCAA Tournament First Round
No. 7 UCSD (11-14) at No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino (18-7)
Tuesday, March 5 • 7 p.m.
Coussoulis Arena • San Bernardino
Tickets for Tuesday's first round game at Coussoulis Arena in San Bernardino can be purchased at the venue. Prices are $8 for general admission, $5 for students (with ID) and seniors (60+) and $2 for children (under 12). For the semifinals and finals at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario Friday and Saturday, single day tickets good for all games that day are $25 for reserved courtside, $15 for reserved (sections 104 & 116), $10 for general admission and $7 for students, seniors and children.
If you can't make it to Coussoulis Arena Tuesday, there are several ways to follow the game live. A video stream is available at http://bit.ly/ZiT5zL and an audio broadcast can be found at http://bit.ly/Sq4Bux. In addition, live stats are accessible at http://bit.ly/dRFLmT.
For the third time overall and first time since the 2008-09 season, UC San Diego has clinched a spot in this week's eight-team CCAA Championship Tournament, coming in as the No. 7 seed. Following Tuesday's first round games, the tournament semifinals and final will be contested at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., on Friday, March 8 (5:30 and 8 p.m.) and Saturday, March 9 (8 p.m.), respectively. The winner of the tourney earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals. For complete tournament information, visit the CCAA's tourney page at http://bit.ly/ZYsFEm.
UCSD IN THE CCAA TOURNEY
3/4/08 First Round at Cal State San Bernardino - UCSD 63, Cal State San Bernardino 59 (OT)
3/7/08 Semifinal at Cal State San Bernardino - UCSD 72, San Francisco State 65
3/8/08 Championship at Cal State San Bernardino - UCSD 64, Cal Poly Pomona 56
3/3/09 First Round at UC San Diego - UCSD 79, Humboldt State 67
3/6/09 Semifinal at Cal State San Bernardino - Cal State San Bernardino 76, UCSD 72
BRUE TAKES OVER REBOUNDING RECORD
With 11 rebounds against San Francisco State this past Friday, senior Justin Brue took over UCSD's Division II career record. He now has 550 boards to his name. The former record was held by Shane Poppen, who totaled 544 between 2005 and 2009.
RIPE FROM THE STRIPE
UCSD has been dominant from the free throw line as the Tritons lead the CCAA and rank third nationally in free throw percentage at 78.4% (337-for-430). Tyler McGrath leads the league and is 14th in the country at 88.8% (95-for-107), while James McCann ranks fifth in the CCAA and 42nd nationally at 86.0% (111-for-129). McGrath finished the 2011-12 season as the CCAA's leader in free throw percentage at 83.3%.
UCSD is on the verge of establishing a new program single season record for free throw percentage. The current all-time mark is .748 (481-for-643), set during the team's 1986-87 campaign. Entering Tuesday night's game, the Tritons are at .784 (337-for-430).
A LOOK AT THE COYOTES
Second-seeded Cal State San Bernardino comes into tomorrow night's game at 18-7 overall. The Coyotes finished their CCAA slate at 16-6 and won their final two games last week, defeating San Francisco State (89-58) and Sonoma State (89-78) at home. Kwame Alexander is the league's scoring and rebounding leader, averaging 16.1 points/game and 8.7 rebounds/game. Brian Goins ranks third in the CCAA in scoring at 15.4 points/game. Lacy Haddock, the reigning CCAA Player of the Week, is dishing out a league-best 4.7 assists/game. As a team, the Coyotes are leading the CCAA in scoring, averaging 75.9 points/game. They turn the ball over less than any other league team at 10.8/game. CSUSB ranks second in the league in several categories, including three-pointers made (202), three-point field goal percentage (40.1), assists (13.8/game) and blocks (4.3/game). The Coyotes have qualified for the CCAA Championship Tournament every year since the tourney was reinstated in 2008. CSUSB won the tournament title in 2009 and 2010 and topped the league's regular season standings in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009.
The NCAA released its second regional rankings of the season on Feb. 27. The top 10 in the West goes: 1. Western Washington, 2. Cal Poly Pomona, 3. Seattle Pacific, 4. Dixie State, 5. Grand Canyon, 6. Cal State San Bernardino, 7. Chaminade, 8. San Francisco State, 9. Alaska Anchorage and 10. Chico State. The final regional rankings will be released on March 6. Automatic NCAA Regional berths go to the tournament champions from the CCAA, GNAC and PacWest. The other five at-large spots go to the highest-ranked teams on the regional ranking list.
3,897's A CROWD
The Spirit Night (an annual campus event) game against Humboldt State on Friday, Feb. 8, drew a crowd of 3,897, the second-highest attendance at a men's basketball game in the history of RIMAC Arena.
UCSD returned to RIMAC Arena on Feb. 8 following a season-long, six-game road swing that began at Cal State Monterey Bay on Jan. 18. It was the team's longest away streak since the 2007-08 season, when UCSD played eight consecutive road games, half of those coming at the CCAA Tournament and NCAA West Regional. During the 2005-06 season, the Tritons played nine straight regular season games away from La Jolla.
FOUR ON THE FLOOR
UCSD's recent four-game win streak was its longest since the 2008-09 season when the Tritons won five straight between Jan. 16 and Jan. 30. All of those victories were also against CCAA teams (Cal State Monterey Bay, San Francisco State, Cal State Stanislaus, Chico State and Sonoma State). The Tritons had a pair of five-game streaks that season.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO
The 34 points recorded by Cal State L.A. on Feb. 2 were the fewest given up by the Tritons since an 85-25 win over Caltech on Jan. 8, 1983. The total was the third-lowest on record in program history (117-27 win vs. LIFE Bible College on 12/6/75).
UCSD's 20-point (85-65) win at Sonoma State on Jan. 26 was the team's largest margin of victory this season. At the other extreme, the Tritons' 73-50 loss against Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 9 was its largest margin of defeat.
LIVIN' IN THE 80s
UCSD's 85 points scored at Sonoma State on Jan. 26 was a season-high. The last time the Tritons posted a higher total was on Nov. 4, 2011, a 102-74 win against Chestnut Hill at the Disney Classic in Anaheim. UCSD has eclipsed the 80-point plateau five times this season (90-82 loss at CSUSB on 11/24; 83-74 win vs. Fresno Pacific on 11/10; 82-67 win vs. Cal State Monterey Bay on 2/23; 83-70 win vs. San Francisco State on 3/1).
BEHIND THE DISH
James McCann's set a new career-high with 10 assists against San Francisco State on March 1. His previous high was nine, which he hit twice this season. McCann is dishing out 4.5 helpers per game, the second-highest average in the CCAA behind Lacy Haddock of Cal State San Bernardino (4.7/game).
McGRATH NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tyler McGrath was named the Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week on Jan. 28. McGrath led UCSD in scoring (23.5 points/game), three-pointers (9), free throws (8), and minutes (70) over two league road games. He made 52 percent (15 of 29) of his shots from the field, 47 percent (9 of 19) from behind the three point line and 89 percent (8 of 9) of his free throws. In an 85-65 blowout of Sonoma State, McGrath netted a game-high 32 points, one short of his career-best, on 10-for-15 shooting. He made a career-high six three pointers while also adding two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 36 minutes of play. The night prior, McGrath had team-highs with 15 points and five rebounds in a 70-55 loss at San Francisco State. He is the first Triton to win the honor since Jordan Lawley on Feb. 8, 2010.
THE SIXTH CENTURY
UCSD'S win at Humboldt State on Jan. 5, its first-ever victory in Arcata, was the 600th victory in program history..
Prior to Cal State San Bernardino scoring 90 on Nov. 24, no UCSD opponent had posted a point total that high since Cal State Monterey Bay won 97-93 in double overtime on Jan. 26, 2008 at RIMAC Arena. The last time an opponent put up 90-plus in regulation was on Jan. 4, 2007 when Humboldt State downed the Tritons 90-76 in Arcata.
ALL BUT ONE
UCSD returns all but one of its starters from last season, including full-timers James McCann, Tyler McGrath and Justin Brue, along with part-timers MacKenzie McCullough and Ryan Peters. That group accounted for 61% of the team's scoring and 50% of its rebounds. The lone loss was big man Christian Hatch, who led the Tritons in scoring (12.5/game) and rebounding (7.3/game). The center was named to the All-CCAA Second Team.
COACH AND COACH
UCSD head coach Chris Carlson will be a weekly guest on XX Sports 1090's "Coach" Kentera Show. Carlson will join host John Kentera every Tuesday at approximately 8:30 p.m. You can listen online as well at http://bit.ly/TsuTZ6.
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