UCSD RECORDS (through 3/2)
vs. Top 25: 2-3
NABC National Poll (2/28): Receiving Votes
D2SIDA National Poll (2/28): 18
NCAA West Region Poll (3/1): 3
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CCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Feb. 28 - Quarterfinals
1. No. 1 UC San Diego 78, No. 8 Humboldt State 72
2. No. 2 San Francisco State 93, No. 7 Cal State LA 67
3. No. 3 Sonoma State 63, No. 6 Cal Poly Pomona 56
4. No. 4 Chico State 75, No. 5 Cal State Dominguez Hills 72
Friday, March 3 - Semifinals
5. No. 1 UC San Diego vs. No. 4 Chico State - 5:30 p.m.
6. No. 2 San Francisco State vs. No. 3 Sonoma State - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 - Championship
7. Winner 5 vs. Winner 6 - 7:30 p.m.
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE CCAA TOURNAMENT (7-4 overall)
2/28/17: UC San Diego 78, Humboldt State 72
3/5/16: Humboldt State 80, UC San Diego 68
3/4/16: UC San Diego 72, Cal Poly Pomona 65
3/1/16: UC San Diego 71, Sonoma State 66 (OT)
3/5/15: Stanislaus State 61, UC San Diego 46
3/5/13: Cal State San Bernardino 102, UC San Diego 99 (3OT)
3/6/09: Cal State San Bernardino 76, UC San Diego 72
3/3/09: UC San Diego 79, Humboldt State 67
3/8/08: UC San Diego 64, Cal Poly Pomona 56 (UCSD wins tourney)
3/7/08: UC San Diego 72, San Francisco State 65
3/4/08: UC San Diego 63, Cal State San Bernardino 59 (OT)
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (stats through 3/2)
G: 5 George Buaku (Jr./6-3/185): 5.1 p/g, 2.4 r/g, 2.4 a/g, 0.6 s/g, 28.6 m/g
G: 1 Aleks Lipovic (Sr./6-5/205): 7.7 p/g, 1.4 r/g, 1.6 a/g, 2.2 3fgm/g, .422 3fg%, 19.8 m/g
G: 13 Adam Klie (Sr./6-4/205): 14.9 p/g, 6.4 r/g, 4.5 a/g, 0.8 s/g, .495 fg%, 31.4 m/g
F: 14 Christian Oshita (So./6-6/210): 10.7 p/g, 5.5 r/g, 1.1 a/g, 1.5 3fgm/g, 26.2 m/g
C: 44 Chris Hansen (So./6-7/265): 12.6 p/g, 5.8 r/g, 0.7 b/g, .510 fg%, .872 ft%, 22.6 m/g
Starters Returning (3): Chris Hansen (So. C); Adam Klie (Sr. G); Aleks Lipovic (Sr. G)
Starters Lost (2): Drew Dyer (F); Grant Jackson (G)
Other Letterwinners Returning (6): Anthony Ballestero (Jr. G); George Buaku (Jr. G); Koree Cox (Sr. G); Kenny Fraser (Jr. F); Brett Oosdyke (So. F); Eric Patton (So. F)
Other Letterwinners Lost (3): Zach McMillan (F/C); Jeff Van Dyke (G), Hunter Walker (G/F)
Redshirt Freshmen (1): Ben Rico (G)
Newcomers (5): Joshua Brooks (Jr. G); Scott Everman (Fr. F); Mikey Howell (Fr. G); Christian Oshita (So. G/F); Michael Shoemaker (Jr. F)
UC SAN DIEGO MOVES ON WITH QUARTERFINAL WIN
For the second straight game, Adam Klie established a new career high in points by scoring 29 as UCSD defeated Humboldt State, 78-72, in a league tourney quarterfinal at RIMAC Arena Tuesday.
• UC San Diego 78, Humboldt State 72 (2/28 in La Jolla)
TRITONS WIN FIRST EVER CCAA TITLE
Adam Klie scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Tritons to a 74-64 win at Cal State San Bernardino this past Thursday, earning UC San Diego its first California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season championship since joining the league for the 2000-01 season. The Tritons won the title outright as San Francisco State lost at Cal Poly Pomona the same evening.
• UC San Diego 74, Cal State San Bernardino 64 (2/23 in San Bernardino)
KLIE NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA OF THE YEAR
On Wednesday, Adam Klie was honored as the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year for Division II men's basketball. Klie was one of 15 Academic All-Americans nationwide and one of just five selected to the first team. It is the second straight season that the senior guard has been named a first team Academic All-American. Klie holds a 4.0 GPA as a bioengineering major at UCSD's Revelle College.
KLIE IS SAN DIEGO HALL OF CHAMPIONS STAR OF THE MONTH
The honors kept coming for Adam Klie Thursday as he was named a San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for February. Klie was instrumental in leading UC San Diego to a perfect 8-0 record and the school’s first ever CCAA regular season championship. He averaged 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 55 percent over the month. On Feb. 4, Klie grabbed six boards against Cal State East Bay, making him UCSD’s Division II-era career rebounds leader. In the team’s regular season finale at Cal State San Bernardino, he scored a career-high 26 points to become UCSD’s D-II career points leader. The victory clinched the conference crown for the Tritons. Klie rounded out February by updating his career high to 29 points in a win against Humboldt State in a CCAA Tournament quarterfinal on Feb. 28. Also in February, Klie was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection for the third straight year. He holds a 4.0 GPA as a bioengineering major. It was the third career SDHOC Star of the Month honor for Klie.
KLIE TAKES OVER AS TRITONS' DII POINTS LEADER
With a career-high 26 points at Cal State San Bernardino on Feb. 23, Adam Klie became UCSD's Division II-era career points leader. Klie passed Jordan Lawley, who amassed 1,398 between 2006 and 2010.
TRITONS SET NEW CCAA WINS MARK
UCSD's victory over Humboldt State on Feb. 18 was the team's 16th CCAA win, the most since the program joined the conference for the 2000-01 season. The Tritons' previous high was 15, reached last season when the team went 15-5.
THREE'S A CROWD
The Tritons hit 18 three-pointers against Humboldt State on Feb. 18, their most since making 18 against Cal State Monterey Bay in March of 2007. In 2004, they netted 19 against Chico State, the most since moving to Division II for the 2000-01 season. Scott Everman nailed eight treys (seven in the first half) vs. HSU, the most since Robbie Peters hit 13 in the 2007 game against CSUMB.
IN THE WEST
The final NCAA regional rankings of the season were released on March 1. In the West, it goes California Baptist, Western Washington, UC San Diego, Hawaii Pacific, San Francisco State, Chico State, Dixie State, Sonoma State, Alaska Anchorage and Western Oregon. The top eight teams following conference tournament play this week qualify for the NCAA West Regional. The selections and sites will be announced on Sunday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. PT via a live selection show at ncaa.com.
KLIE BREAKS REBOUNDING RECORD
On Feb. 4, Adam Klie grabbed six rebounds against Cal State East Bay to become UC San Diego's Division II (since the 2000-01 season) career leader. At the end of the night, he had 569 boards to his name, surpassing former leader Justin Brue, who totaled 564 between 2009 and 2013. Paul Trainer (1971-75) is UCSD's all-time leader with 1,094 rebounds.
UC San Diego is giving up just 63.0 points per game to opponents. That average is the third-best in the country. The Tritons surrendered a season-low 41 to Cal State Monterey Bay on Feb. 3.
Anthony Ballestero dished out a career-high nine assists versus Cal State East Bay on Feb. 4, topping his previous best of five. The nine helpers were the most by a Triton in a single game since James McCann had 10 on three occasions during the 2013-14 season.
BEST-EVER CCAA START
This season, UCSD recorded its best-ever start to a CCAA campaign since joining the league in 2000. The Tritons' win against Cal State LA on Dec. 29 put them at 5-0, eclipsing their previous best mark of 4-0 to kick off the 2015-16 league slate. They went on to improve to 9-0 before suffering their first league loss at Sonoma State on Jan. 14, 2017.
UC San Diego is currently riding an eight-game win streak, the team's longest in its Division II history (since the 2000-01 season). The streak started on Feb. 3 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay.
With six made baskets at Cal State East Bay on Jan. 7, Adam Klie brought his career total to 450, the most by any Triton since the team moved to Division II status for the 2000-01 season. Klie passed current volunteer assistant coach Drew Dyer, who drained 449 field goals between 2012 and 2016.
KLIE JOINS EXCLUSIVE CLUB
Adam Klie recorded his 500th career rebound on Dec. 30 vs. Stanislaus State, making him just the second Triton to amass 1,000 points and 500 boards during UCSD's Division II era (since the 2000-01 season). Current volunteer assistant coach Drew Dyer is the other Triton to accomplish the feat. He totaled 1,333 points and 563 rebounds between 2012 and 2016.
Aleks Lipovic made his return to the Triton lineup on Dec. 12 against No. 13 Western Washington. He hadn't played since suffering a leg injury against Sonoma State on March 1, 2016. Lipovic, who started 25 contests in 2015-16, missed the final three games of last season in addition to the first eight of this season. He got his first start of 2016-17 at Cal State East Bay on Jan. 7.
The Tritons have done a stellar job keeping the ball to themselves this season, averaging just 10.3 turnovers/game, which ranks 10th in the country. The team's 287 turnovers are the eighth-fewest in the nation. On Dec. 19, the Tritons turned the ball over just four times against Cal State Dominguez Hills, a season low.
OLEN AND ACEE
Once again this year, head coach Eric Olen will be a weekly guest on Trending Now with Kevin Acee on The Mighty 1090. Olen will join Acee every Monday at 8:35 p.m. throughout the season. You can listen on the radio or online here. All segments are archived on Olen's bio page.
Chico State, which has won its last five games, enters Friday's semifinal at 23-6. Tuesday, the Wildcats defeated Cal State Dominguez Hills, 75-72, to advance in the league tourney. Chico leads the CCAA in rebounding (38.5/game) and blocks (4.7/game). Four players are averaging 10-plus points including Corey Silverstrom (13.0), Jalen McFerren (12.5), Robert Duncan (12.3) and Isaiah Ellis (12.1). Justin Briggs is the top rebounder at 6.3/game.
Chico State has won 12 of the last 17 meetings against UC San Diego and leads the all-time series 21-15. The two teams split a pair of regular season match-ups this year, with each winning on its home court.
• UC San Diego 60, Chico State 56 (12/1 in La Jolla)
• Chico State 69, UC San Diego 64 (1/28 in Chico)
CCAA STANDINGS (final)
1. UC San Diego, 17-3*
2. San Francisco State, 16-4*
T-3. Sonoma State, 15-5* (won tiebreaker)
T-3. Chico State, 15-5*
5. Cal State San Marcos, 12-8 (not eligible for postseason)
6. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 11-9*
7. Cal Poly Pomona, 10-10*
8. Cal State LA, 9-11*
T-9. Humboldt State, 7-13* (won tiebreaker)
T-9. Cal State San Bernardino, 7-13
11. Cal State East Bay, 6-14
12. Stanislaus State, 3-17
13. Cal State Monterey Bay, 2-18
* CCAA Tournament qualifier
UCSD IN THE CCAA STATS (final)
Team (conference games, top 5)
1. Scoring Margin, 10.1
2. Scoring Defense, 60.1
2. Free Throw Percentage, .758
2. Field Goal Percentage Defense, .393
2. Defensive Rebounds/Game, 26.2
2. Assists/Game, 13.6
2. Fewest Turnovers/Game, 10.7
2. Assist/Turnover Ratio, 1.27
3. Three-Pointers/Game, 9.0
3. Rebounding Defense, 30.2
4. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage, .390
4. Rebounds/Game, 36.1
5. Field Goal Percentage, .444
Individual (conference games, top 10)
1. Free Throw Percentage: Chris Hansen, .960
3. Field Goal Percentage: Chris Hansen, .529
3. Assists/Game: Adam Klie, 4.4
3. Assist/Turnover Ratio: Adam Klie, 1.8
9. Three-Pointers/Game: Aleks Lipovic, 2.2
10. Points/Game: Adam Klie, 14.3
10. Rebounds/Game: Adam Klie, 6.6
UCSD IN THE NATIONAL STATS (through 3/1)
Team (all games, top 50)
3. Scoring Defense, 63.0
8. Fewest Turnovers, 287
10. Fewest Turnovers/Game, 10.3
17. Field Goal Percentage Defense, .407
40. Assist/Turnover Ratio, 1.3
Individual (all games, top 100)
37. Free Throw Percentage: Chris Hansen, .872
68. Assists: Adam Klie, 127
73. Assists/Game: Adam Klie, 4.5
QUICK STATS (through 3/2)
HIT THE BOOKS (through 3/2)
Here's a look at where senior guards Adam Klie and Aleks Lipovic can be found in UC San Diego's Division II career record book. The No. 1 mark is in parentheses.
1. Points, 1431
1. Rebounds, 597
1. Field Goals Made, 525
2. Field Goals Attempted, 1018 (1045)
2. Steals, 98 (130)
3. Free Throws Made, 319 (424)
3. Free Throws Attempted, 488 (524)
3. Assists, 311 (469)
3. Minutes, 3340 (3378)
3. Three Pointers Made, 224 (254)
3. Three Pointers Attempted, 581 (638)
HANSEN EARNS FIRST CAREER CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Chris Hansen averaged 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 51.6 percent over two wins to earn his first career CCAA Player of the Week honor on Dec. 6. The sophomore center recorded his sixth career double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds at Cal Poly Pomona, both game-highs, while going 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Against No. 17 Chico State in La Jolla, Hansen scored a game-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds. He was a combined 12-for-13 from the free throw line. It was the second league award for a Triton this season as Adam Klie was recognized on Nov. 15.
KLIE NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adam Klie was named the season's first CCAA Player of the Week on Nov. 15. Over two victories at UCSD's CCAA/PacWest Challenge, Klie averaged 18.0 points, the second-highest of any player. He led all players with 11 assists. Klie netted a team-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists against Dixie State. He had more team-highs with 20 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals versus Azusa Pacific. The seven assists tied a career-high. Klie was tabbed the tourney's MVP.
ALL-TOURNEY HONOR FOR HANSEN
Chris Hansen averaged 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds over two wins en route to earning CCAA/PacWest Challenge All-Tournament honors on Nov. 12. The sophomore center recorded a double-double against Dixie State, dropping 14 points and grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds. The next night, Hansen had 16 points versus Azusa Pacific.
CCAA PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
1. Chico State, 138 points (11 first-place votes)
2. UC San Diego, 119 (1)
3. Humboldt State, 117
4. Cal Poly Pomona, 110
5. Cal State San Bernardino, 94
6. San Francisco State, 84 (1)
7. Cal State LA, 74
8. Cal State San Marcos, 58
9. Stanislaus State, 52
10. Cal State Monterey Bay, 58
11. Sonoma State, 40
12. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 37
13. Cal State East Bay, 35
••• 2017: San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month (Dec.), CCAA Player of the Week (12/6), CCAA/PacWest Challenge All-Tournament Team
••• 2016: CCAA Freshman of the Year, All-CCAA Honorable Mention, All-CCAA Tournament Team, Division II Bulletin All-Freshman Team
••• 2017: CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year, CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team, San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month (Feb.), CCAA Player of the Week (11/15), CCAA/PacWest Challenge MVP, CCAA/PacWest Challenge All-Tournament Team
••• 2016: All-CCAA First Team, All-West Regional Tournament Team, All-CCAA Tournament Team, CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District 8, San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month (Jan.), CCAA Player of the Week (2/2), CCAA All-Academic, National STUDENT-Athlete Day honoree
••• 2015: All-CCAA Second Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District 8, CCAA All-Academic, San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month (Jan.)
••• 2014: CCAA Freshman of the Year, CCAA All-Academic
••• 2016: All-CCAA Honorable Mention
UC San Diego is coming off a historical 2015-16 season, setting program records for overall wins (24) and CCAA victories (15). The Tritons qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second time, earning the program's first tourney victory and ultimately advancing to the West Regional championship game. UCSD was nationally-ranked for the first time since joining Division II (2000-01), climbing as high as No. 6 in early February and finishing the year at No. 21. The Tritons went 7-3 against teams ranked in the national top 25. A seven-game win streak to start the season was the team's best in DII play. UCSD was ranked first nationally in three point field goal percentage defense (28.8) and was third in scoring defense (62.5) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (38.9). They led the CCAA in scoring margin (7.9), three point field goal percentage (37.6), three point field goal percentage defense (28.1) and defensive rebounds/game (28.2). Drew Dyer was named All-West Region, while he and Adam Klie were selected to the All-CCAA First Team. Chris Hansen was tabbed the CCAA Freshman of the Year. Dyer and Klie both scored their 1,000th career point and Dyer set a school single-season record with 92 three-pointers made. Off the court, Klie earned Academic All-America accolades, just one of 15 honorees nationwide.
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 three years at the helm, Olen has led the Tritons to a 55-30 (.647) overall record with a 40-24 (.625) mark in CCAA play. UCSD recorded a historical season in 2015-16, setting program records for overall wins (24) and CCAA victories (15). The Tritons qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second time, earned the program's first tourney victory and ultimately advanced to the West Regional championship game. UC San Diego was nationally-ranked for the first time since joining Division II (2000-01), climbing as high as No. 6 in early February and finishing the year at No. 21. Olen joined the UCSD coaching staff as a second assistant under head coach Bill Carr 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.
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