THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Junior Darryl Lawlor and the Men’s Basketball team start a four-game home stand Friday against Cal Poly Pomona.
KEY HOME WEEKEND LOOMS FOR MEN’S BASKETBALL
For the first time in nearly a month, the Men’s Basketball team will play in front of a home crowd when it hosts conference rivals Cal Poly Pomona (Friday) and Cal State San Bernardino (Saturday) at RIMAC Arena...The Tritons sit 7-4 overall and 4-2 in the CCAA after splitting a pair of crazy league road contests last weekend and going 2-2 on the road over the past two weeks...They are tied for third in the standings with Cal Poly Pomona (5-6/4-2)...CCAA-leading Cal State San Bernardino is 13-1 on the year and undefeated in six conference games.
Friday night, Coach Chris Carlson got 19 points and seven rebounds from senior Henry Patterson and another 16 markers out of junior Darryl Lawlor as the Tritons prevailed, 78-74, in double overtime at Cal State Dominguez Hills...Lawlor’s total included four treys and he seemed to be in the middle of the action all night...Lawlor’s three in the first minute gave UCSD its first of only leads in regulation...A late, 14-5, surge put the Toros up eight at halftime and UCSD was able to draw even just once in the second half—until Lawlor’s trifecta put knotted it with 37 seconds remaining, forcing the first OT...Back-to-back inside buckets by Patterson carried UCSD in the final minutes of that first OT...Then, it was Lawlor, again netting a three, who put the Tritons on top for good with 51 seconds left in the second extra session...A late free throw by Kelvin Kim and two by Andrew Hatch iced the outcome...UCSD shot 46.3% from the floor on the night but the Toros owned the rebound department, 41-28...Dominguez connected on just one of 13 three-pointers.
It was overtime again the next night but this time the result was a 111-102 three OT loss at Cal State L.A...The two teams scored exactly the same number of points in each of the first four periods, but the Golden Eagles finally wore down UCSD in the final five minutes...Carlson’s club was down three with five seconds left in regulation but Alan Husted rebounded a missed CSULA free throw and Kim was fouled on a three-point attempt at the buzzer...The junior point guard drained all three charity tosses and it was bonus basketball for the second night in a row...The Golden Eagles led throughout the first OT period until Husted’s follow shot in the final second rescued the Tritons...It was turnabout’s fair play in the second OT...A pair of Hatch jumpers and two free throws by Husted had UCSD in control by three but L.A.’s Tyler Polo sank three free throws with 10 seconds on the clock to force the third overtime...Sophomore Jordan Lawley’s double double (20 pts./10 rebounds) paced UCSD with Kim (18), Patterson (17), Clint Allard (11) and Husted (10) also reaching double figures...Junior Shane Poppen grabbed 12 rebounds and UCSD had just 11 turnovers in 55 minutes.
TRITON WOMEN TAKE TWO ON ROAD; HOST CCAA PAIR AT RIMAC
Ranked 21st nationally, Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team will look to build on back-to-back road wins last weekend when it hosts Cal Poly Pomona (6-6/3-3), Friday, and Cal State San Bernardino (11-2/5-1), Saturday, in CCAA clashes at RIMAC Arena...Elliott’s club is now 12-4 overall, 4-2 in the CCAA and fourth in the loop standings...Ranked as high as No. 3 in December, the Tritons had dropped three of their last four before sweeping Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A.
Another scoring spree by senior Meaghan Noud (24 pts.) and some hot shooting by sophomore Erin Noonan (6-of-6 for 15 pts.) keyed the 65-52 Triton win at Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday night...Not to be under-valued was the double double (14 pts./10 rebounds) recorded by junior Michelle Osier as UCSD snapped a two-game losing streak..Noud buried six treys, one of which capped off a 12-1 second half run that put the Tritons up for good...UCSD shot a sizzling 51% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc.
Noud (17 pts.) and Osier (13 pts./9 rebounds) were again catalysts an evening later as UCSD won a topsy-turvy outing at Cal State L.A., 60-59...In a game that included six ties and 10 lead changes, Noud’s trey with 1:16 left put the Tritons up by three...CSULA matched it 25 seconds later but when Osier made the second of two free throws with 22 ticks left, it proved to be decisive...UCSD registered the win despite shooting just 32.8% from the field and being out-rebounded by six...The Tritons turned the ball over only eight times.
UCLA, UC IRVINE NEXT UP FOR MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
After playing back-to-back matches against the nation’s No. 1 team, it doesn’t get any easier this week for the Men’s Volleyball team...Coach Kevin Ring’s spikers travel to No. 4 UCLA Thursday and then battle defending NCAA champion and seventh-ranked UC Irvine 24 hours later...The Tritons are 1-2 on the year.
Providing a glimpse of what might be on the horizon for this young team, the Tritons gave No. 1 Brigham Young all it could handle before succumbing, 3-1 (30-21, 30-28, 27-30, 31-29) Friday night at RIMAC Arena...UCSD bounced back from a 24-22 deficit to capture game three and sophomore Jason Spangler was serving for game four at 29-28 before the top-ranked Cougars pulled themselves off the deck...Spangler finished with 22 kills, hitting a sparkling .410 and fellow soph Frank Fritsch rung up 14 kills...A pair of freshmen, middle blocker Calvin Ross and setter Phil Bannan, also played key roles...Ross recorded 10 kills and six total blocks while Bannan, a slick southpaw, handed out 48 assists and drilled a key game four ace...Junior libero Eric Leserman had a match high 11 digs.
The Cougars turned it up a little the next night but still had to dig for a 3-0 (30-27, 30-22, 30-28) triumph...The Tritons challenged in the late stages of all three sets and had their best opportunity in the third game, up 28-27 before seeing BYU reel off the final three points for the match...Spangler (11) and Fritsch (10) were again 1-2 in the kill column... BYU hit a blistering .438 on the night and UCSD had just one ace against 12 service errors.
SWIMMERS TAKE ON USD, UC DAVIS
The Women’s Swimming team will be trying to extend its six-year dual meet dominance over USD when the two teams meet at Canyonview Pool Friday afternoon...UCSD knocked off the Toreros, 168-110, at USD last season...Both the men and women will be in Northern California Sunday to take on Division I UC Davis.
FENCERS BATTLE BIG TIME FOES
The Men’s & Women’s Fencing teams, which both split four dual matches at last weekend’s NCAA West Invitational in Colorado Springs, will now head to the North American Cup which will run Friday through Monday in Atlanta.
In Colorado Springs, both squads defeated Air Force (M 14-13 / W 18-9) and Florida (M 22-5 / W 20-7) while losing to Stanford (M 13-14 / W 12-15) and Notre Dame (M 9-18 / W 6-21)...Individually, the foil team had the best performance with John Chung, Benjamin Dorn and Cameron Sprowles all posting 9-3 marks...Chelsea Ambort (epee) and Zach Jones (sabre) also went 9-3 for the weekend.
NEWS & NOTES
The eighth annual UCSD Athletic Dept. Blood Drive produced 113 usable units for the American Red Cross last Wednesday.
The annual Triton Jam basketball carnival will be held Tuesday night at RIMAC Arena, starting at 8:00 PM...UCSD students will have the opportunity to meet the UCSD men’s and women’s basketball teams, win great prizes (Xbox 360, Raleigh mountain bike, books for the quarter, etc.), participate in a variety of interactive games and sample free food.
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