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The 2017-18 Tritons

UC San Diego Preps for 2017-18 Campaign with Thursday Exhibition at San Diego State


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Exhibition Game
Thursday, Nov. 2 • 7 p.m. PT
at San Diego State (0-0, 0-0 Mountain West)
Viejas Arena • San Diego, Calif.
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Roster | Schedule | Statistics
2016-17 Recap
• Overall: 27-6
• CCAA: 17-3 (1st)
• Home: 15-3
• Away: 9-3
• Neutral: 3-0
• Postseason: NCAA West Region Finalist (Sweet 16)
• Highest National Ranking: 11

Starters Returning (2)
George Buaku (G, Sr., 6-3, 185): 5.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg
Christian Oshita (G/F, Jr., 6-6, 210): 10.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2nd Team All-CCAA

Starters Lost (3)
Chris Hansen (C, Jr., 6-7, 265): 12.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 1st Team All-CCAA
Adam Klie (G, Sr., 6-4, 205): 15.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.7 apg, CCAA Player of the Year
Aleks Lipovic (G, Sr., 6-5, 205): 8.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.6 apg

Others Returning (10)
Anthony Ballestero (G, Sr., 5-10, 175): 5.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.8 apg
Joshua Brooks (G, Sr., 6-2, 175): 2.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.6 apg
Scott Everman (F, So., 6-7, 210): 7.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.5 apg
Kenny Fraser (F, Sr., 6-7, 200): 1.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.2 apg
Chris Hansen (C, Jr., 6-7, 265): 12.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 1st Team All-CCAA
Mikey Howell (G, RFr., 6-3, 160)
Brett Oosdyke (F, Jr., 6-7, 215): DNP
Eric Patton (F, Jr., 6-6, 210): 4.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.7 apg
Ben Rico (G, So., 6-4, 180): 1.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.4 apg
Michael Shoemaker (F, Sr., 6-8, 216): 3.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.3 bpg

Others Lost (1)
Koree Cox (G, Sr., 6-3, 190): 3.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.2 apg

Newcomers (4)
Christian Bayne (G, Jr. 6-2, 180): Transfer from CCAA member Stanislaus State
Kennedy Koehler (F, Fr., 6-7, 215)
Tyrell Roberts (G, Fr., 5-11, 160)
Martin Tombe (F, Fr., 6-6, 220)

G: George Buaku (Sr., 6-3, 185, 5.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg)
G: Christian Bayne (Jr. 6-2, 180, transfer from CCAA member Stanislaus State)
G/F: Christian Oshita (Jr., 6-6, 210, 10.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2nd Team All-CCAA)
F: Scott Everman (So., 6-7, 210, 7.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.5 apg)
F: Eric Patton (Jr., 6-6, 210, 4.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.7 apg)

Roster | Schedule | Statistics
2016-17 Recap
• Overall: 19-14
• Mountain West: 9-9 (6th)
• Home: 10-4
• Away: 4-9
• Neutral: 5-1
• Postseason: Mountain West Tournament Semifinalist

• Exhibition: 0-2
• Regular Season: 0-11

UC San Diego and San Diego State met last season in exhibition play at Viejas Arena with the Aztecs taking a 76-63 victory. UCSD out-scored SDSU, 33-23, in the second half, but couldn't overcome its 23-point deficit (53-30) at the half. The Tritons shot 47.3% to the Aztecs' 45.3% and led 30-28 in rebounding. However, UCSD turned the ball over 22 times, leading to 28 points for SDSU. The Aztecs were 21-32 from the free throw line and the Tritons were 5-6. Michael Shoemaker netted a team-high 16 points for the Tritons, while Christian Oshita added nine and Chris Hansen and Adam Klie grabbed five rebounds apiece. For the Aztecs, Montaque Gill-Caesar led all players with 18 points and Trey Kell totaled 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

UC San Diego's 2016-17 season was the finest in program history as the Tritons set records for overall wins (27) as well as California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) victories (17). The team won its first-ever CCAA regular season title and added a second banner by winning the league's tournament for a second time. For the second-straight season, top-seeded UCSD advanced to the NCAA West Region championship game, serving as the regional host for the first time. A 12-game win streak was also a team first and the Tritons were ranked as high as 11th in the country, finishing their campaign at No. 19. Senior guard Adam Klie was named the CCAA Player of the Year and Eric Olen was tabbed the CCAA Coach of the Year. In addition to Klie, sophomore center Chris Hansen was an All-CCAA First Team selection, while sophomore swingman Christian Oshita was named to the league's second team.

UC San Diego, 17-3*^
San Francisco State, 16-4
Chico State, 15-5
Sonoma State, 15-5
Cal State San Marcos, 12-8
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 11-9
Cal Poly Pomona, 10-10
Cal State LA, 9-11
Humboldt State, 7-13
Cal State San Bernardino, 7-13
Cal State East Bay, 6-14
Stanislaus State, 3-17
Cal State Monterey Bay, 2-18
* CCAA regular season champion
^ CCAA Tournament champion

Junior center Chris Hansen will sit out the team's 2017-18 campaign following off-season shoulder surgery. In 2016-17, Hansen averaged 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds, both numbers ranking second on the roster. His .505 field goal percentage and 22 blocks led the Tritons. In the CCAA, he ranked first in free throw percentage (.960), third in field goal percentage (.529), 11th in blocks (0.8), 13th in scoring (13.3), and 16th in rebounding (5.8). Hansen was a First Team All-CCAA selection.

Adam Klie graduated in 2017 as UC San Diego's Division II leader in career points (1,524), rebounds (625), field goals made (561), field goals attempted (1,084), free throws attempted (527), games played (118), and minutes played (3,510). The guard, who wore No. 13, was just the second Triton during the team's DII era to total 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. This past season, Klie earned a slew of awards, including CCAA Player of the Year, NABC and D2CCA West Region First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year, and CCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades. The three-time All-CCAA selection and 2014 CCAA Freshman of the Year graduated with a 4.0 GPA as a Bioengineering major. Klie is currently playing professionally for the Niagara River Lions of the National Basketball League of Canada.

(Oct. 31 - Preseason)
1. Northwest Missouri State
2. Queens
3. Bellarmine
4. Lincoln Memorial
5. St. Thomas Aquinas
6. Indiana (Pa.)
7. Chico State
8. Shippensburg
9. Colorado School of Mines
10. Ferris State
11. UT Permian Basin
12. Barry
13. Rollins
14. California Baptist
15. Southwest Minnesota State
16. Fort Lewis
17. West Liberty
18. Merrimack
19. Wheeling Jesuit
20. Findlay
21. West Texas A&M
22. Western Washington
23. Arkansas-Monticello
24. Kentucky Wesleyan
25. Delta State

• Preseason: Receiving Votes

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 four seasons at the helm, Olen has led the Tritons to an 82-36 (.695) overall record with a 57-27 (.679) mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play. Olen joined the UC San Diego coaching staff as a second assistant 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. For Olen's complete bio, click here.

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UC San Diego opens its regular season Nov. 10-11 with a pair of non-conference games, playing Azusa Pacific and Dixie State at Cal Poly Pomona. The Tritons play their first six games away from home before hosting CCAA opponent Cal State San Bernardino on Nov. 30.


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