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Conference Season Starts this Week at Home

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UC San Diego, ranked 19th nationally and picked to finish first in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), opens its conference slate this week with two home games.

The Tritons host Cal State San Bernardino on Tuesday, Nov. 20 (7 p.m.) and entertain Chico State on Saturday, Nov. 24 (7:30 p.m.).

UC San Diego is a perfect 3-0 at RIMAC Arena this season.

THE SCHEDULE
Game 5
No. 19 UC San Diego (3-1, 0-0) vs. Cal State San Bernardino (2-0, 0-0)
Tuesday, Nov. 20 • 7 p.m. PT
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
Series Record: CSUSB leads 32-22
Live Video ($) • Live Stats (free) • Tickets

Game 6
No. 19 UC San Diego (3-1, 0-0) vs. Chico State (0-0, 0-0)
Saturday, Nov. 24 • 7:30 p.m. PT
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla, Calif.
Series Record: CSUC leads 23-18
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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ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 3-1
• CCAA: 0-0
• Home: 3-0
• Away: 0-1
• Neutral: 0-0
• Against Ranked Teams: 1-0
• Streak: Lost 1
• NABC National Ranking: 24
• D2SIDA National Ranking: 15
• 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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HANSEN NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Following his stellar return to the court after missing the entire 2017-18 campaign, Chris Hansen was named the season's first CCAA Player of the Week on Nov. 13. Hansen was back in the lineup on Nov. 9 for the first time 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 as he recorded a double-double with 19 points and a game-best 11 rebounds in a win against Simon Fraser. He went 7-for-10 with two 3-pointers, an assist, and two steals. The next night, Hansen scored a game-high 26 points, one short of his career-high, in an upset of No. 14 Western Washington. The junior center went 11-for-14 with two 3-pointers while adding four rebounds and two blocks. 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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MOST POINTS IN OVER A DECADE
Christian Oshita's career-high 35 points against Saint Martin's on Nov. 12 were the most scored by a Triton since Henry Patterson dropped 37 against Cal State Monterey Bay in January of 2008.

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AND THE NINE THREES?
Christian Oshita netted a career-high nine 3-pointers on Nov. 12 vs. Saint Martin's. The last time a Triton hit more from long range was back in March of 2007 when Robby Peters put in 13 against Cal State Monterey Bay. That baker's dozen stands as UC San Diego's all-time single game record.

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LIGHTS OUT AGAINST THE SAINTS
UC San Diego was on fire from the field against Saint Martin's on Nov. 12. The Tritons shot 69.2 percent (18-26) from behind the 3-point line, their best since February of 2008 when they hit 12 of 16, 75 percent, against Sonoma State. Overall vs. the Saints, UC San Diego was 35-for-52, 67.3 percent. That percentage was the team's best since February of 2007 when it made 31 of its 44 shots, 70.5 percent, against Sonoma State.

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HANSEN NUMBER 2 IN CAREER BLOCKS
With 41 blocks to his name, Chris Hansen sits at No. 2 on UC San Diego's Division 2 career list. He has work to do before moving up to the top spot as Justin Brue totaled 90 from 2009-13.

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ABOUT CAL STATE SAN BERNARDINO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 2-0
• CCAA: 0-0
• Home: 2-0
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0
• Streak: Won 2
• NABC National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA National Ranking: n/a
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 5th

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A FAMILIAR NAME
Cal State San Bernardino's first-year head coach Andy Newman is the brother of Eric Newman, the head coach of UC San Diego's baseball program. Andy was most recently at UT Permian Basin and has also spent time at Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State, West Valley Community College, and Vanguard. 

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ABOUT CHICO STATE
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 0-0
• CCAA: 0-0
• Home: 0-0
• Away: 0-0
• Neutral: 0-0
• Streak: n/a
• NABC National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA National Ranking: n/a
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 3rd

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WILDCATS HAVE NOT YET PLAYED
Chico State enters the week with a 0-0 record. The Wildcats were scheduled to host a tournament Nov. 9-10 and slated to play Azusa Pacific and Seattle Pacific, but the tourney was cancelled due to the wildfires burning east of the city. In addition, their Nov. 17 game at Holy Names in Oakland was postponed due to poor air quality from the fires.

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TRITON DEBUTS
Four Tritons played in their first game in the blue and gold on Friday, Nov. 9 against Simon Fraser including Gabe Hadley, Jeremy Johnson, Connor Peterson, and Tyrell Roberts. Kaden Rasheed made his collegiate debut on Nov. 12 vs. Saint Martin's.

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RIMAC RENOVATION
The Tritons are 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
(11/20)
1. Bellarmine
2. Northwest Missouri State
3. Indiana (Pa.)
4. Saint Anselm
5. Southern Nazarene
6. Cal Poly Pomona
7. Valdosta State
8. West Texas A&M
9. West Liberty
10. Queens
11. Morehouse
12. Florida Southern
13. Findlay
14. Ferris State
15. Western Washington
16. St. Cloud State
17. Barry
18. Northern State
19. UC San Diego
20. Barton
21. St. Edward's
22. Nova Southeastern
23. St. Thomas Aquinas
24. Christian Brothers
25. Regis

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE NABC NATIONAL POLL
• 11/20: 19
• Preseason: 24

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D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
(11/20)
1. Bellarmine
2. Northwest Missouri State
3. Indiana (Pa.)
4. Saint Anselm
5. Southern Nazarene
6. Valdosta State
7. West Texas A&M
8. Cal Poly Pomona
9. Ferris State
10. Queens
11. Florida Southern
12. West Liberty
13. UC San Diego
14. St. Edward's
15. Barry
16. Indianapolis
17. St. Thomas Aquinas
18. USC Aiken
19. Findlay
20. Morehouse
21. Sioux Falls
22. Kutztown
23. Northern State
T-24. Bentley
T-24. Saint Martin's

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
• 11/20: 13
• 11/13: 15
• Preseason: 19

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D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(11/20)
1. Cal Poly Pomona
2. UC San Diego
3. Saint Martin's
4. Point Loma
5. Chico State
6. Seattle Pacific
7. Western Washington
8. Chaminade
9. Western Oregon
T-10. Cal State San Bernardino
T-10. Northwest Nazarene

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UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
• 11/20: 2

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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
For the latest in Triton athletic gear, make sure to visit ucsdtritonsgear.com. Run by UCSD Athletics' online partner Advanced-Online, the site provides an on-demand option for Triton athletic apparel and merchandise. Fans have access to over 600 products that can be processed and shipped within 24 hours.

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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 hits the road to play conference games at Cal State Monterey Bay on Nov. 29 and at Cal State San Marcos on Dec. 1.

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.

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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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