UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (December 3, 2007)
Release: Tuesday 12/03/2007 
by UCSD
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THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:

Thu., Dec. 6---Men’s Basketball---UCSD vs. Alaska-Fairbanks---7:00 PM

MEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS CCAA 2-0; ALASKA-FAIRBANKS IN THURSDAY
Coach Chris Carlson’s Men’s Basketball team, now riding a two-game win streak, hosts Division II rival Alaska-Fairbanks in a non-conference tilt, Thursday night at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons come in 2-2 overall and unbeaten in CCAA play after two games...Alaska-Fairbanks brings a 3-3 mark to La Jolla, one of the wins coming against Division I Oregon State of the Pac-10.

In similar fashion, the Tritons made it two-in-a-row Saturday night, racing out to a 17-point halftime edge and then repelling a late Chico State rally for a 65-55 victory...Sophomore Jordan Lawley knocked down a trio of three-pointers en route to a game high 17 for UCSD...Andrew Browning (10 pts.) had his first double digit game and junior Shane Poppen grabbed nine rebounds, helping UC to again finish plus-eight on the glass.

Carlson got his first collegiate coaching victory Friday night, a well-earned, 63-60, decision over Cal State Stanislaus...Senior Clint Allard nailed a three-pointer on the first possession and although they never trailed and twice extended the margin to 13 points in the second half, the Tritons were never able to put the Warriors away...Stanislaus got to within two points with 6:47 remaining in the game and it was nip-and-tuck the rest of the way...Allard, Henry Patterson, Darryl Lawlor and Kelvin Kim all made clutch plays down the stretch to secure the victory...Allard finished with a double double (14 pts./10 rebounds), leading UCSD in both categories, plus five assists...Kim also scored 14, including three key free throws in the final 17 seconds...Patterson ended up with 11 points and eight caroms...UCSD outshot Stanislaus (45.8% to 39.1%) and had eight more rebounds.

Jordan Lawley scored 17 to lead UCSD over Chico State Saturday night.

TRITON WOMEN TOPPLE NO. 8 CHICO STATE; KEEP RECORD PERFECT
Now 7-0 after sweeping its first two conference games at home last weekend, Coach Charity Elliott’s fourth-ranked Women’s Basketball team will be idle until Dec. 16 when it hosts Grand Canyon at RIMAC Arena...The seven consecutive wins to open the season is the best start in the history of the program.

The Tritons used balanced scoring and hard-nosed defense to rout visiting Cal State Stanislaus, 77-58, Friday night...Senior Meaghan Noud dropped 14 points on the Warriors and junior Michelle Osier tallied 13 to go with six rebounds and four of UCSD’s 17 steals...Inside force Alexis Gaskin had 12 points while Alexis Mezzetta and Diahan Futalan contributed nine and eight respectively...Mezzetta also had a team high four assists and Futalan matched Osier’s six boards... Defense was the real story, however, as UCSD held Stanislaus to just 33.3% shooting from the floor and forced 33 turnovers...The Tritons bolted to a 26-4 advantage from the opening tip and led by as many as 27 late in the game.

Saturday night, the Tritons got their first major conference test of the season and passed with flying colors, turning aside No. 8 Chico State, 60-46...Osier canned 8-of-13 from the field, racking up 19 points and seven rebounds to lead UCSD...Gaskins had eight points and eight rebounds and sophomore Erin Noonan collected nine points, five boards and three assists...The defense again carried the day, harassing the Wildcats into 30.2% shooting from the floor and 18 turnovers...The Tritons raced out to an early 11-point lead but Chico rallied to tie it at halftime...It was still tied with 10:08 remaining when an Osier lay-up put UCSD on top for good and Elliott’s charges gradually pulled away.

BLOOD DRIVE SET FOR JANUARY 9
The annual UCSD Athletic Dept. Blood Drive, the largest such single day event on the UCSD campus, is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the RIMAC Arena Lobby from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM...Donors may make reservations by calling (858) 534-8460 or e-mailing tritons@ucsd.edu.

TAA GOLF TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO FAIRBANKS RANCH COUNTRY CLUB
The 15th annual Triton Athletic Associates (TAA) Golf Tournament will be played Monday, May 5 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club...All proceeds benefit UCSD Athletics...For more information call (858) 534-8460.


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