THIS WEEK’S EVENTS:
Junior Shane Poppen and the men’s basketball team will try to make it three straight on Spirit Night Friday.
MEN’S BASKETBALL ONE GAME OUT OF CCAA LEAD AFTER BIG WEEKEND
Flying high after beating two of the CCAA’s top teams at home last weekend, the Men’s Basketball team returns to RIMAC Arena Friday to host San Francisco State on Spirit Night and then Cal State Monterey Bay the next evening...First-year Head Coach Chris Carlson’s squad is now 9-4 overall and 6-2 in the conference...With this week marking the halfway point in the CCAA schedule, UCSD is tied for second with CSU San Bernardino, one game behind league-leading Humboldt State...SFSU comes in tied for fourth while Cal State Monterey Bay is in the cellar.
Last Friday night, Carlson’s charges bounced back from an early 10-pt. deficit to beat physical, talented Cal Poly Pomona club, 55-52, before 1,209 fans on their home floor...Playing with poise and patience down the stretch, the Tritons iced it with 20 seconds left when junior Darryl Lawlor whipped a pass to a wide open Henry Patterson on the baseline for a lay-up as the shot clock was running out...It was a team effort for UCSD which was led in the scoring column by juniors Kelvin Kim (12 pts.) and Alan Husted (11)...Husted took just four shots, but knocked them all down, including three from behind the arc...Junior Shane Poppen came off the bench to record eight points and eight rebounds...UCSD was out-boarded by nine but countered with 16 assists—Clint Allard (6), Jordan Lawley (5) and Kim (4)—accounting for all but Lawlor’s final dish.
Saturday was more of the same as the Tritons shot a blistering 66.7% from the field to stun fifth-ranked Cal State San Bernardino, 76-65...They hit 61.1% from three-point land with Kim drilling four on the way to a team high 16 points...Patterson (14), Lawley (13) and Lawlor (10) also recorded double digits while Allard scored nine and handed out eight assists...As a group, the starting five shot 73.3% for the night (22-30)...UCSD again trailed in the initial stages but used a late first half run to leave the court with an eight-point halftime edge—the final bucket coming at the buzzer with Lawlor converting a lay-up, courtesy off a slick pass from Husted...The perennially powerful Coyotes threatened often but led just once in the second half and the confident play of the Tritons had them dictating play in the game’s final minutes.
WOMEN’S HOOP TEAM HOSTS KEY CONFERENCE GAMES
Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team, ranked 20th nationally, will try to vault itself back into the CCAA race when it hosts San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay this weekend at RIMAC Arena...Coming off a 1-1 week and still battling injuries and some resultant inconsistency, the Tritons find themselves a solid 13-5 overall and fourth in the conference standings at 5-3...San Francisco State is part of a three-way tie for fifth while Cal State Monterey Bay is currently looking up at the league’s other 10 teams.
The Tritons suffered a 66-61 home loss to Cal Poly Pomona Friday and it was not one that Elliott will likely remember fondly...The Broncos controlled the first half and went into the locker room up by seven as UCSD shot just 27%...The Tritons were still facing a 10-pt. climb with 15:50 left in the contest but went on a 12-1 run and took the lead for the first time on Alexis Gaskin’s only bucket of the night at the 11:54 mark...The two teams traded points over the next 10 minutes and the second of Alexis Mezzetta’s two free throws deadlocked the score at 57 with 2:15 left...But a pair of costly Triton turnovers led to a four-point Bronco lead and the visitors made seven of their last eight free throws to put it away...Junior Michelle Osier had a monster game for UCSD, scoring 17 points while matching a career high with 19 rebounds...Meaghan Noud, Erin Noonan and Mezzetta tallied 12, 11 and 10 points respectively.
Showing more than a little grit, the Tritons rode Noud’s 21 points to a 68-60 triumph over CCAA-leading Cal State San Bernardino 24 hours later...Osier was again a force on both ends of the floor, knocking down 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds...Mezzetta chipped in with 13 points and five assists and Diane Futalan, getting her first start of the year, finished with 11 points...The Coyotes raced to a quick eight-point lead but just as quickly, UCSD reeled them in and was on top, 34-26, at the break...In a similar second half script, San Bernardino erased the deficit and had a one-point lead of its own seven and a half minutes in, only to see Elliott’s crew rebound to control the final 10 minutes.
MEN’S V-BALL TOPPLES DEFENDING NCAA CHAMPS; HAWAII NEXT UP
Coming off perhaps the biggest win in his relatively short tenure as head coach, Kevin Ring’s Men’s Volleyball team will fly to Honolulu this week for a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) matches against No. 12 Hawaii...UCSD is 2-3 on the season.
Ring & Co. got their second win of 2008 in impressive fashion Saturday night, shocking defending NCAA Champion and seventh-ranked UC Irvine, 3-1 (30-25, 30-22, 31-33, 34-32) on the Anteaters’ home court...It was believed to be the highest-ranked team UCSD has ever defeated...Senior Russ Hardy was a man on fire, torching UCI for 24 kills while hitting at an incredible .667 clip and serving up three aces...Sophomores Jason Spangler (15) and Frank Fritsch (14) combined for 29 kills and freshman setter Phil Bannan distributed 51 assists and smoked four aces of his own...Junior Eric Leserman had 11 digs...The Tritons hit a sizzling .305 as a team and won the blocking battle, 12-6, but perhaps most impressive was the fact that after dropping game three, they were down, 25-23, in the fourth before rallying for the match.
Thursday night, UCSD was a 3-0 (30-21, 30-28, 30-26) loser at No. 4 UCLA...Spangler had 16 kills and Hardy 10, but the Bruins hit .381 and owned an, 11-7 edge at the net.
LAST HOME MEET FOR SWIMMING & DIVING SATURDAY
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming & Diving teams close out their 2008 home season Saturday, when UC Irvine and Cal Baptist invade Canyonview Pool at noon...It will be the Tritons final prep for the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships, slated Feb. 13-16 in Long Beach.
Last Friday afternoon, the Triton women defeated Division I crosstown rival USD for the seventh consecutive time, 176-124...UCSD won 12-of-16 events with juniors Jennifer Sims and Kendall Bohn and Errin Deters and freshman Anju Shimura capturing two individual events apiece...Sims was home first in the 100 (58.48) and 200 butterfly (2:07.78) while Bohn took the blue ribbon in the 100 (1:07.77) and 200 (2:25.60) breaststroke...Shimura was victorious in the 200 freestyle (1:55.14) and 200 backstroke (2:08.65) and Deters sped to wins in the 50 (24.60) and 100 (53.55) freestyle...The foursome also combined to take the 400 medley relay in 3:59.97...Other individual event winners were junior Shannon Simonds (500 freestyle/5:12.98) and sophomore Karla Holman (200 IM/2:13.30).
Sunday in Northern California, the Tritons suffered dual losses at UC Davis, the men falling, 159.5-128.5, and the women, 209-89...The UCSD men won five events...Senior diver Andrew Skewes prevailed on both the one and three-meter boards...In the water, freshman Brandon Maryatt clocked 59.71 to grab the 100 breaststroke and junior Steven Hardy snagged the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:19.42...The 400 medley relay quartet of Todd Langland, Maryatt, Greg Goodell and Dan Perdew won in 3:11.82...On the women’s side, Sims was second in both the butterfly events, registering times of 58.68 (100) and 2:07.25 (200).
TOUGH OPENING WEEKEND FOR WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Ft. Collins, CO will be the site and Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) rival Colorado State will be the foe when the Women’s Water Polo team opens its 2008 season Thursday night...Coach Larry Sanders’ outfit then continues on to Ann Arbor, MI for the Michigan Tournament, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday...There, the Tritons will get a series of stern tests, facing four teams that finished in the top 20 nationally last year...At 8:00 AM Saturday, UCSD will battle San Jose State which finished sixth in the country in 2007... At 2:30 PM the same day, the opponent will be defending NCAA Champion UCLA... Then, Sunday, the Tritons collide with host Michigan (No. 20) at 9:10 AM and Arizona State (No. 11) at 12:30 PM.
UCSD finished last season at 19-14, placed third in the WWPA and wound up 14th in the final national poll...Sanders’ club will be anchored by second team All-WWPA goalie Kim Hockett who piled up 221 saves as a junior...Other top returnees include seniors Judy Emaus (39 goals) and Nicole Hermann (16 goals) as well as junior Sydney Gstettenbauer (35 goals)...UCSD’s home opener is Feb. 7 against Hartwick (NY).
TRITON NEWS & NOTES
Coach Dan O’Brien’s Baseball team was ranked 15th in the College Baseball Division II pre-season poll...Revelle and Marhsall Colleges are 1-2 in the early running for the Spirit Night Trophy which will be awarded following Friday night’s basketball doubleheader...Marshall is the defending champion...A fireworks display on RIMAC Field is scheduled following the Spirit Night trophy presentation.
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