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#24 Tritons at Home Monday, on the Road Wednesday

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UC San Diego, ranked 24th nationally, is in the middle of playing four games over a six-day stretch.

The Tritons host Saint Martin's Monday (the first-ever meeting between the two teams) before making the short trip over to Point Loma Wednesday.

The contests will be the team's final tune-ups before conference play begins on Tuesday, Nov. 20 against Cal State San Bernardino.

THE SCHEDULE
Game 3
No. 24 UC San Diego (2-0) vs. Saint Martin's (2-0)
Monday, Nov. 12 • 7 p.m. PT
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
Series Record: First meeting
Live Video • Live Stats (free) • Tickets

Game 4
No. 24 UC San Diego (2-0) at Point Loma (1-1)
Tuesday, Nov. 14 • 7 p.m. PT
Golden Gymnasium • San Diego, Calif.
Series Record: PLNU leads 23-20
Live Video • Live Stats (free) • Tickets

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LET ME IN
Tickets to all regular season home games are available for purchase at the RIMAC Arena Box Office beginning one hour prior to the game.

Reserved Chairback Seating
• Adult - $12.00
• Seniors (65+), Children/Youth (4-12), UC San Diego Alumni/Faculty/Staff, Military, Visiting Students - $8.00

General Admission
• Adult - $10.00
• Seniors (65+), Children/Youth (4-12), UC San Diego Alumni/Faculty/Staff, Military, Visiting Students - $5.00
• UC San Diego students, Children 3 and Under - Free

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HOOPS ON UCSDTRITONS.TV
All home games this season will be covered by a live pay-per-view video stream at UCSDtritons.tv. The cost is $5.99 for a 24-hour window and $34.99 for the entire 2018-19 academic year, which includes all broadcasts from other Triton athletics teams. The high definition broadcasts can be viewed from smartphones and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers.

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CCAA/GNAC CHALLENGE
UC San Diego played host to the two-day, four-team CCAA/GNAC Challenge this past Friday and Saturday. The Tritons went 2-0 and had Christian Bayne and Chris Hansen named to the all-tournament team.
Friday, Nov. 9
No. 14 Western Washington 84, Cal State Dominguez Hills 78
No. 24 UC San Diego 69, Simon Fraser 54

Saturday, Nov. 10
Cal State Dominguez Hills 67, Simon Fraser 64
No. 24 UC San Diego 97, No. 14 Western Washington 92

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ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 2-0
• CCAA: 0-0
• Home: 2-0
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0
• Against Ranked Teams: 1-0
• Streak: Won 2
• NABC National Ranking: 24
• D2SIDA National Ranking: 19
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 1st

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UC SAN DIEGO ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Starters Returning (4)
Christian Bayne (Sr., G, 6-2, 185)
Scott Everman (Jr., F, 6-7, 220)
Christian Oshita (Sr., G/F, 6-6, 210)
Eric Patton (Sr., F, 6-6, 210)

Starters Lost (1)
George Buaku (G, 6-3, 185)

Others Returning (5)
Chris Hansen (RJr., C, 6-7, 245)
Mikey Howell (RSo., G, 6-3, 165)
Ben Rico (RJr., G, 6-4, 180)
Tyrell Roberts (RFr., G, 5-11, 170)
Martin Tombe (So., F, 6-6, 209)

Others Lost (5)
Anthony Ballestero (G, 5-10, 175)
Kenny Fraser (F, 6-7, 200)
Kennedy Koehler (F, 6-7, 215)
Brett Oosdyke (F, 6-7, 215)
Michael Shoemaker (F, 6-8, 216)

Newcomers (7)
Gabe Hadley (So., G, 6-4, 200)
Jeremy Johnson (RJr., G, 6-3, 185)
Will Pallesi (Fr., G, 6-3, 180)
Connor Peterson (RJr., G, 6-2, 192)
Justin Pratt (Fr., G, 6-3, 190)
Kaden Rasheed (Fr., G, 6-1, 185)
Lunden Taylor (Fr., G, 6-3, 180)

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ABOUT SAINT MARTIN'S
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 2-0
• GNAC: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 1-0
• Neutral: 1-0
• Streak: Won 2
• NABC National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA National Ranking: n/a

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ABOUT POINT LOMA
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 1-1
• PacWest: 0-0
• Home: 1-1
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0
• Streak: Lost 1
• NABC National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA National Ranking: n/a

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HANSEN RETURNS IN A BIG WAY
Junior center Chris Hansen returned to action on Friday, Nov. 9 after not playing since March of 2017 due to shoulder surgery. It didn't look like the 2017 All-CCAA First Team pick and 2016 CCAA Freshman of the Year had taken any time away from the court. Hansen scored a game-high 26 points, one short of his career-high, in an upset of No. 14 Western Washington. He went 11-for-14 with two 3-pointers and added four rebounds and two blocks. The night prior, he recorded a double-double with team-highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds (also a game-high) in a win vs. Simon Fraser. He went 7-for-10 with two 3-pointers, an assist and two steals. Over the two victories, Hansen shot .750 en route to being named to the CCAA/GNAC Challenge All-Tournament Team. For a video feature story on Hansen, click here.

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TRITON DEBUTS
Four Tritons played in their first game in the blue and gold on Friday, Nov. 9 including Gabe Hadley, Jeremy Johnson, Connor Peterson, and Tyrell Roberts.

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RIMAC RENOVATION
The Tritons will be playing in an updated RIMAC Arena this season as it recently underwent its first significant renovation in its nearly 24-year existence (opened in January of 1995). The project has modernized the arena and improved training and competition facilities for student-athletes. In addition, the venue will provide fans with a first-class live event experience. The renovation included new retractable seating, modern glass railings, and a VIP skybox. The arena’s most noticeable new features are the addition of a 50-foot wide Daktronics digital video display and scoreboard as well as state-of-the-art courtside LED scorer’s tables. A new video production facility was also constructed.

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2017-18 UC SAN DIEGO REWIND
• Overall: 21-11
• CCAA: 15-7 (T-3rd)
• Home: 8-4
• Away: 10-4
• Neutral: 3-3
• Postseason: NCAA West Region Quarterfinalist

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FINAL 2017-18 CCAA STANDINGS
1. Cal Poly Pomona*, 18-4 (22-7)
2. Chico State, 16-6 (20-8)
T-3. Cal State San Marcos, 15-7 (20-9)
T-3. UC San Diego%, 15-7 (21-11)
5. San Francisco State, 14-8 (19-10)
6. Stanislaus State, 12-10 (17-12)
7. Cal State San Bernardino, 11-11 (13-14)
8. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 10-12 (13-17)
9. Cal State LA, 9-13 (13-15)
10. Sonoma State, 8-14 (10-16)
T-11. Cal State East Bay, 6-16 (10-18)
T-11. Humboldt State, 6-16 (9-19)
13. Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-19 (4-22)
* regular season champion
% tournament champion

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BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, 2017, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020 and will play a full Big West schedule that season. During the transition, UC San Diego will be eligible for National Collegiate Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and men's and women's fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I Championships. Read the full press release here.

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NABC NATIONAL POLL
(10/30, preseason)
1. Bellarmine
2. West Liberty
3. Lincoln Memorial
4. West Texas A&M
5. Northwest Missouri State
6. Saint Anselm
7. Queens
8. Indiana (Pa.)
9. Cal Poly Pomona
10. Southern Nazarene
11. Valdosta State
12. West Florida
13. Ferris State
14. Western Washington
15. East Stroudsburg
16. Virginia State
17. Morehouse
18. St. Cloud State
19. Regis
20. Southwest Minnesota State
21. Dallas Baptist
22. Florida Southern
23. Findlay
24. UC San Diego
25. Missouri Southern

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE NABC POLL
• Preseason: 24

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D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
(10/30, preseason)
1. Bellarmine
2. Lincoln Memorial
3. West Liberty
4. West Texas A&M
5. Northwest Missouri State
6. Indiana (Pa.)
7. Southern Nazarene
8. Queens
9. Saint Anselm
10. Valdosta State
11. Cal Poly Pomona
12. Ferris State
13. West Florida
14. Western Washington
15. Virginia State
16. St. Cloud State
17. Northern State
18. Regis
19. UC San Diego
20. East Stroudsburg
21. Morehouse
22. Southwest Minnesota State
23. Florida Southern
24. Missouri Southern
25. Findlay

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA POLL
• Preseason: 19

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2018-19 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
1. UC San Diego, 141 points (9 first-place votes)
2. Cal Poly Pomona, 136 (4)
3. Chico State, 116
4. Stanislaus State, 114
5. Cal State San Bernardino, 84
6. Cal State LA, 80
7. Cal State San Marcos, 76
8. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 68
9. San Francisco State, 54
10. Sonoma State, 50
11. Cal State East Bay, 42
12. Humboldt State, 36
13. Cal State Monterey Bay, 17

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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 five seasons at the helm, he has led the Tritons to a 103-47 (.687) overall record with a 72-34 (.679) mark in CCAA play. UC San Diego has won two CCAA Tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA postseason in 2016, 2017, and 2018 under Olen. The team has won over 20 games in each of the last three seasons. 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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GEAR UP
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FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
Got some young Triton fans in your family? If they are eighth grade or under, check out the Junior Triton Club. Membership includes a free t-shirt, admission to over 100 UCSD home athletic events, and much more!

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UP NEXT
UC San Diego begins its CCAA campaign on Tuesday, Nov. 20 when it hosts Cal State San Bernardino at 7 p.m.

About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

Follow the Tritons
For complete coverage and information regarding UC San Diego Athletics, follow the Tritons online at UCSDTritons.com and through social media on Twitter (@UCSDTritons), Instagram (@UCSDTritons) and Facebook (UCSDTritons). To stay tuned in to UC San Diego Men's Basketball, follow the team's Instagram (@UCSDmbb) and Twitter (@UCSDmbb), as well as Head Coach Eric Olen's Twitter (@CoachEricOlen) and Associate Head Coach Clint Allard's Twitter (@CoachAllard).

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