HAYWARD, Calif. - Adam Klie's double-double led the 15th-ranked University of California San Diego men's basketball team to a 52-47 conference win against Cal State East Bay Saturday night at Pioneer Gymnasium.
Winner of its last six games, UC San Diego is 13-2 overall and 8-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). East Bay, which lost its fourth-straight, fell to 9-6 on the season and 3-5 in league play.
"It was a hard-fought road win and I think it was one of our best defensive performances of the season," said UCSD head coach Eric Olen. "Adam was terrific in the second half after foul trouble in the first, and we had a lot of guys make contributions."
Klie scored 19 points and collected 10 rebounds, both game-highs, in 26 minutes of playing time. It was the first double-double of the season for the senior guard. He was 6-for-13 shooting and made seven of his eight free throw attempts.
After shooting just 32 percent (8-25) in the first half, the Tritons hit 45 percent (9-20) of their shots in the second. They finished the game at 37.8 percent (17-45). UCSD was 4-for-11 from beyond the three-point line (36.4 percent) and 14-for-16 (87.5 percent) at the charity stripe.
The Pioneers had three players hit double-figure point totals. Jalen Richard made four three-pointers en route to netting a team-best 18 points. Pierre Carter had 14, 12 of those coming off treys, and Micah Dunhour had 10. Drew Bender brought down eight rebounds and Juwan Anderson had five assists.
As a team, East Bay shot 32.7 percent (18-55) overall and made just three of nine free throws, 33.3 percent.
The 47 points were the fewest given up by UC San Diego since holding Cal Poly Pomona to 35 in January of 2016. For the Tritons, it was their lowest point total this season and just the second time they scored under 60.
The game, which featured 10 lead changes, was tied, 22-22, at halftime. UCSD's largest lead was eight points and Cal State East Bay's was three, both coming in the first frame.
With 5:17 remaining in the game, Klie made two free throws to put his team up by a score of 43-41 and the Tritons stayed in front until the final buzzer. The Pioneers got back within a single point, 47-46, with 2:37 on the clock, but UCSD drained five-consecutive free throws to seal the victory.
UC San Diego plays two CCAA games on the road next week, traveling to San Francisco State on Jan. 13 and Sonoma State on Jan. 14. Both games are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.