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Christian Oshita was the MVP of last week's Chuck Randall Classic in Washington.
UC San Diego Opens Conference Season at Home Thursday Night
Release: Wednesday 11/29/2017 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Game 7
Thursday, Nov. 30 • 7:30 p.m. PT
vs. Cal State San Bernardino (3-3, 1-1 CCAA)
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
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Game 8
Saturday, Dec. 2 • 7:30 p.m. PT
at RV Cal State San Marcos (5-1, 0-0 CCAA)
The Sports Center • San Marcos, Calif.
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LET ME IN
Tickets for all regular season home games at RIMAC Arena are available at the main entrance box office. General admission is $10. Seniors (65+), children/youth (7-17), and visiting student tickets are $5. UCSD students and children under 7 are FREE!

FREE T-SHIRTS THURSDAY!
The first 250 students at Thursday night's game will receive a free Gameday t-shirt courtesy of Toyota of San Diego!

GET YOUR SAN MARCOS TICKETS EARLY
Saturday is Homecoming at Cal State San Marcos and a sellout is expected at The Sports Center. We suggest buying your tickets in advance to guarantee a seat. Tickets can be purchased online here.

BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Monday, Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for National Collegiate Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I Championships. Read the full press release here.

WATCH LIVE ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
If you can't make it to RIMAC Arena, all home games this season will be streamed live at UCSDtritons.tv. The broadcasts are in high definition and can be viewed from smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers. San Diego broadcast veteran Steve Quis returns to call all of the action courtside. Quis will be joined by color analyst Ted Mendenhall. The single-game fee is $5.99, though the broadcast is available free of charge to anyone with a UC San Diego campus IP address. Fans can access all live coverage from the Schedule/Results page, or by clicking on the links above.

ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 3-3
• CCAA: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 2-1
• Neutral: 1-2
• Streak: Won 2
• NABC National Ranking: N/A
• Against Ranked Teams: 0-1
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 2nd

UC SAN DIEGO ROSTER BREAKDOWN
(2016-17 statistics shown)
Starters Returning (2)
George Buaku (G, Sr., 6-3, 185): 5.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg
Christian Oshita (G/F, Jr., 6-6, 210): 10.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2nd Team All-CCAA

Starters Lost (3)
Chris Hansen (C, Jr., 6-7, 265): 12.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 1st Team All-CCAA
Adam Klie (G, Sr., 6-4, 205): 15.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.7 apg, CCAA Player of the Year
Aleks Lipovic (G, Sr., 6-5, 205): 8.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.6 apg

Others Returning (9)
Anthony Ballestero (G, Sr., 5-10, 175): 5.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.8 apg
Scott Everman (F, So., 6-7, 210): 7.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.5 apg
Kenny Fraser (F, Sr., 6-7, 200): 1.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.2 apg
Chris Hansen (C, Jr., 6-7, 265): 12.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 1st Team All-CCAA
Mikey Howell (G, RFr., 6-3, 160)
Brett Oosdyke (F, Jr., 6-7, 215): DNP
Eric Patton (F, Jr., 6-6, 210): 4.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.7 apg
Ben Rico (G, So., 6-4, 180): 1.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.4 apg
Michael Shoemaker (F, Sr., 6-8, 216): 3.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.3 bpg

Others Lost (2)
Joshua Brooks (G, Sr., 6-2, 175): 2.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.6 apg
Koree Cox (G, Sr., 6-3, 190): 3.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.2 apg

Newcomers (4)
Christian Bayne (G, Jr. 6-2, 180): Transfer from CCAA member Stanislaus State
Kennedy Koehler (F, Fr., 6-7, 215)
Tyrell Roberts (G, Fr., 5-11, 160)
Martin Tombe (F, Fr., 6-6, 220)

ABOUT CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 3-3
• CCAA: 1-1
• Home: 2-0
• Away: 0-2
• Neutral: 1-1
• Streak: Won 2
• NABC National Ranking: N/A
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 8th

ABOUT CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 5-1
• CCAA: 0-0
• Home: 5-1
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0
• Streak: Won 4
• NABC National Ranking: Receiving Votes
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 3rd

UCSD AGAINST THE OPPONENTS
Cal State San Bernardino
• Overall: CSUSB leads 32-20
• Last Meeting: UCSD 74, CSUSB 64 (2/23/17)

Cal State San Marcos
• Overall: CSUSM leads 2-1
• Last Meeting: CSUSM 72, UCSD 67 (1/19/17)

WEEKLY REWIND
UCSD 81, Western Washington 73 (11/24)
UCSD 80, Alaska Fairbanks 56 (11/25)

BAYNE NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christian Bayne was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Week Tuesday. Over two wins at Western Washington’s Chuck Randall Classic, Bayne led UC San Diego in scoring (17.5 points/game), rebounding (6.5/game), and free throw percentage (1.000). In an 81-73 victory against the host, the junior guard totaled a season-high 19 points to go along with a team- and season-high seven rebounds as well as a game- and season-high four assists. Bayne went a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line vs. the Vikings. Against Alaska, he shot .700 (7-10) and pulled down a game-high six rebounds. The Tritons defeated the Nanooks by a score of 80-56. For the week, Bayne totaled 35 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists while shooting .588 (10-17).

TRITON TRIO EARNS TOURNEY ACCOLADES IN WASHINGTON
At last week's Chuck Randall Classic at Western Washington, Christian Oshita was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 17.0 points per game and going 13-for-22, 59.1 percent, from the field over a pair of UC San Diego victories. Christian Bayne and Scott Everman were also named to the all-tournament team.

UC SAN DIEGO DROPS EXHIBITION AT SAN DIEGO STATE
Despite hitting 15 three-pointers, UC San Diego was defeated, 98-79, by San Diego State in an exhibition game on Nov. 2 at Viejas Arena. The Tritons shot 43.3 percent (29-67) overall and 44.1 percent (15-34) from behind the three-point line. Both teams finished with 33 rebounds, with UCSD holding a 14-8 advantage on the offensive glass. Four Tritons hit double-figure point totals, including Christian Oshita, who finished with a game-high 16. Scott Everman and Eric Patton netted 14 points apiece, with Everman going 4-for-4 from long range and Patton hauling in a game co-high eight rebounds. Christian Bayne and George Buaku each dished out four assists and Buaku added seven boards. The Aztecs, which shot 60.7 percent (34-56) for the game, got 46 of their points in the paint with 13 coming off the fast break. SDSU was 23-30 from the free throw line, while UC San Diego was 6-9. For the complete box score, click here.

TRITONS COMING OFF HISTORIC SEASON
UC San Diego's 2016-17 season was the finest in program history as the Tritons set records for overall wins (27) as well as California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) victories (17). The team won its first-ever CCAA regular season title and added a second banner by winning the league's tournament for a second time. For the second-straight season, top-seeded UCSD advanced to the NCAA West Region championship game, serving as the regional host for the first time. A 12-game win streak was also a team first and the Tritons were ranked as high as 11th in the country, finishing their campaign at No. 19. Senior guard Adam Klie was named the CCAA Player of the Year and Eric Olen was tabbed the CCAA Coach of the Year. In addition to Klie, sophomore center Chris Hansen was an All-CCAA First Team selection, while sophomore swingman Christian Oshita was named to the league's second team.

2016-17 UC SAN DIEGO REWIND
• Overall: 27-6
• CCAA: 17-3 (1st)
• Home: 15-3
• Away: 9-3
• Neutral: 3-0
• Postseason: NCAA West Region Finalist (Sweet 16)
• Highest National Ranking: 11

CCAA STANDINGS
(through 11/29)
Cal State LA: 2-0
Chico State: 2-0
Cal Poly Pomona: 1-0
San Francisco State: 1-0
Stanislaus State: 2-2
Cal State San Bernardino: 1-1
Sonoma State: 1-1
Cal State East Bay: 1-2
Cal State Monterey Bay: 1-2
Cal State San Marcos: 0-0
UC San Diego: 0-0
Cal State Dominguez Hills: 0-2
Humboldt State: 0-2

HANSEN TO MISS 2017-18 SEASON
Junior center Chris Hansen will sit out the team's 2017-18 campaign following off-season shoulder surgery. In 2016-17, Hansen averaged 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds, both numbers ranking second on the roster. His .505 field goal percentage and 22 blocks led the Tritons. In the CCAA, he ranked first in free throw percentage (.960), third in field goal percentage (.529), 11th in blocks (0.8), 13th in scoring (13.3), and 16th in rebounding (5.8). Hansen was a First Team All-CCAA selection.

ADAM 13
Adam Klie graduated in 2017 as UC San Diego's Division II leader in career points (1,524), rebounds (625), field goals made (561), field goals attempted (1,084), free throws attempted (527), games played (118), and minutes played (3,510). The guard, who wore No. 13, was just the second Triton during the team's DII era to total 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. This past season, Klie earned a slew of awards, including CCAA Player of the Year, NABC and D2CCA West Region First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year, and CCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades. The three-time All-CCAA selection and 2014 CCAA Freshman of the Year graduated with a 4.0 GPA as a Bioengineering major. Klie is currently playing professionally for the Niagara River Lions of the National Basketball League of Canada.

NABC NATIONAL POLL
(11/28)
1. Northwest Missouri State
2. Queens
3. Bellarmine
4. Lincoln Memorial
5. Ferris State
6. Colorado School of Mines
7. West Liberty
8. West Texas A&M
9. Wheeling Jesuit
10. Christian Brothers
11. Barry
12. Benedict
13. Western Oregon
14. California Baptist
15. Valdosta State
16. Chico State
17. Le Moyne
18. UT-Permian Basin
19. Fort Lewis
20. Texas A&M-Kingsvilley
21. Northern State
22. Arkansas-Fort Smith
23. Carson-Newman
24. Bloomfield
25. Dallas Baptist

UCSD IN THE NABC NATIONAL POLL
• 11/28: N/A
• 11/21: N/A
• Preseason: Receiving Votes

D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
(11/28)
1. Northwest Missouri State
2. Lincoln Memorial
3. Ferris State
4. Bellarmine
5. Queens
6. Wheeling Jesuit
7. Arkansas-Fort Smith
8. Christian Brothers
9. West Texas A&M
10. Western Oregon
11. Colorado School of Mines
12. Barry
13. Virginia State
14. California Baptist
15. West Liberty
16. Valdosta State
17. Southern New Hampshire
18. Chico State
19. West Florida
20. Carson-Newman
21. Northern State
22. Le Moyne
23. Texas A&M-Kingsville
24. Lake Superior State
25. UNC Pembroke

UCSD IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
• 11/28: N/A
• 11/21: N/A
• 11/14: N/A
• Preseason: Receiving Votes

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(11/27)
1. Western Oregon
2. California Baptist
3. Chico State
4. Chaminade
t5. Cal Poly Pomona
t5. Cal State LA
t5. St. Martin's
8. Concordia (CA)
t9. Montana State Billings
t9. UC San Diego

UCSD IN THE D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
• 11/27: t9th
• 11/20: Receiving Votes
• 11/13: Receiving Votes
• Preseason: 4th

2017-18 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
1. Chico State
2. UC San Diego
3. Cal State San Marcos
4. Cal Poly Pomona
5. San Francisco State
6. Cal State LA
7. Cal State Dominguez Hills
8. Cal State San Bernardino
9. Sonoma State
10. Stanislaus State
11. Cal State East Bay
12. Humboldt State
13. Cal State Monterey Bay

HEAD COACH ERIC OLEN
Following nine seasons as an assistant coach with the UC San Diego men's basketball team, Eric Olen was named the program's 12th head coach on Oct. 1, 2013. Over his four seasons at the helm, Olen has led the Tritons to an 82-36 (.695) overall record with a 57-27 (.679) mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play. Olen joined the UC San Diego coaching staff as a second assistant for the 2004-05 season. Just one year later, he was promoted to first assistant. As a player at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., Olen helped the Badgers to three-straight appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, including trips to the NAIA Elite Eight in 2000 and 2001. He graduated from Spring Hill in 2004 with a degree in finance. For Olen's complete bio, click here.

GEAR UP
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FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
Got some young Triton fans in your family? If they are eighth grade or under, check out the Junior Triton Club. Membership includes a free t-shirt, admission to over 100 UCSD home athletic events, and much more!

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UP NEXT
UC San Diego plays just a single game next week as it hosts CCAA rival Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

#AllForOne

Sunday, December 17
Men's Basketball at Cal State LA
7:30 PM
Los Angeles
Tuesday, December 19
Men's Basketball at Cal State Dominguez Hills
3:30 PM
Carson
Friday, December 29
Men's Basketball vs. San Francisco State
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Sunday, December 31
Men's Basketball at Stanislaus State
4:00 PM
Turlock
Friday, January 05
Men's Basketball vs. Humboldt State
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, January 06
Men's Basketball vs. Chico State
7:30 PM
UC San Diego
Thursday, January 11
Men's Basketball at Cal State Monterey Bay
7:30 PM
Seaside
MBB Casino Night