County Battle: No. 13 UC San Diego Hosts Cal State San Marcos Saturday
For the second-straight week, No. 13 UC San Diego (14-3, 9-1) plays just a single game as it hosts cross-county rival Cal State San Marcos (4-12, 1-9) on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
It will be the second meeting between the two CCAA squads this season. On Dec. 1, the Tritons defeated the Cougars, 62-58, in San Marcos.
No. 13 UC San Diego (14-3, 9-1) vs. Cal State San Marcos (4-12, 1-9)
Saturday, Jan. 19 • 7:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Series Record: UC San Diego leads 4-2
Live Stats • Live Video • Tickets
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
• 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
DIRECTIONS AND EVENT PARKING
Parking permits are required Monday-Friday, 24 hours a day. Parking is free on Saturdays, Sundays, and major holidays. Permits can be purchased from machines in the lots and parking structures. When attending an event at RIMAC Arena, we recommend parking in the Hopkins Structure located south of RIMAC. The address is 9730 Hopkins Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093.
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Saturday evening's basketball games (women tip at 5:30 p.m.) will be part one of the winter quarter Triton Trifecta! Part two is the men's volleyball match against UCLA on Friday, Jan. 25 and part three is Spirit Night on Jan. 31. Attend all three events at RIMAC Arena to be entered to win a beach cruiser! In addition, fans can pick up some free swag at the first two events:
• 1/19 Basketball - UC San Diego/Pepsi tote bag
• 1/25 Volleyball - UC San Diego replica volleyball jersey
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.
ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 14-3
• CCAA: 9-1
• Home: 8-0
• Away: 4-2
• Neutral: 2-1
• Against Nationally-Ranked Teams: 1-1
• Streak: Won 2
• NABC National Ranking: 13
• D2SIDA National Ranking: 20
• D2SIDA West Region Ranking: T-2
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 1
ABOUT CAL STATE SAN MARCOS
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 4-12
• CCAA: 1-9
• Home: 2-6
• Away: 1-5
• Neutral: 1-1
• Streak: Lost 1
• NABC National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA National Ranking: n/a
• D2SIDA West Region Ranking: n/a
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 7
Starters Lost (1)
• George Buaku (G, 6-3, 185)
• 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)
WE'VE GOT SPIRIT (NIGHT)
The 2019 edition of the most anticipated hoops date of the season, Spirit Night, happens on Thursday, Jan. 31. RIMAC Arena will be packed to the rafters. There will be a free all-student tailgate, competitions, giveaways, free food, and more surrounding the doubleheader. Come out, show your Triton Spirit, and Paint the Night Blue and Gold! Remember, it's also the third event of the Triton Trifecta (see above). The women tip at 5:30 p.m. with the men to follow. Don't miss it! For more info, check out the Spirit Night event page on Facebook.
BIG NIGHT FOR BAYNE
At Stanislaus State, Christian Bayne had game-highs with 26 points and seven rebounds, with 17 of his points coming in the second half. He matched a career-high with six threes and was a perfect 12-for-12 from free throw line while also adding two steals, a block, and an assist. Up by four points with 4:10 left, Bayne scored 10 points the rest of the way to solidify the victory.
BEVO FRANCIS AWARD
This week, Chris Hansen was one of 100 standout players to be named to the season's first Bevo Francis Award Watch List. The award is given annually to the best small college player in the country. The list will be cut to 50 on Feb. 15 and then to 25 on March 15. Finalists will be announced on April 6 and the winner will be chosen on April 8.
ON THE DOORSTEP OF THE CLUB
Entering this week's game, Chris Hansen has scored 991 career points over 80 contests and needs just nine more for 1,000. He'll become the sixth Triton to join the 1,000 point club during the team's Division II era (since the 2000-01 season).
UC San Diego has made 210 three-pointers this season, the most in the nation (through 1/17). The Tritons have netted no less than seven in a game and have made 10 or more in 13 of 17 games. Their season-high is 18 against Saint Martin's on Nov. 12. The last time the team made no threes in a game was way back on Dec. 3, 2011 (0-8) and the last time it didn't hit multiple threes was Feb. 22, 2013 (1-16).
A STAR IS BORN
Chris Hansen was named a Star of the Month for December by the San Diego Sports Association Tuesday. He averaged 14.7 points and 8.1 rebounds over seven games to lead UC San Diego to a 6-1 record and a No. 7 national ranking. He scored in double-digits in five games and recorded three double-doubles. Hansen made 50.7 percent (34-67) of his shots overall and 44.1 percent (15-34) from behind the three-point arc. For the month, he led the Tritons in scoring, rebounding, free throw percentage (83.3), and blocks (7). Hansen netted at least 20 points twice, including 27, two short of his career-high, at home against San Francisco State. In that game, he made 10 of 19 shots, which included six of nine from long range. Hansen grabbed 13 rebounds, also one shy of his career-best, against No. 20 Chaminade in Hawai'i. In addition, he established a new career-high with four assists vs. Western Oregon in Honolulu. It is the second time Hansen has won the honor as he earned it in December of 2016.
SECOND HALF STANDOUT
Against Humboldt State on Dec. 29, Mikey Howell scored a career- and game-high 19 points, all in the second half. He went 6-for-7 overall, 4-for-4 from long range, and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Howell also collected a game-high four assists in the win.
EVERMAN, HANSEN NAMED TO ALL-TOURNEY TEAM IN HAWAI'I
Forward Scott Everman and center Chris Hansen were named to the D2 Power Invitational All-Tournament Team. Over three games, Hansen averaged 16.3 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 54.5 percent (18-33). Against Chaminade, he recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 boards (one short of his career high) and dished out a career-best four assists vs. Western Oregon. Everman averaged 15.3 points and 5.7 rebounds while making 56.3 percent (18-32) of his shots. His best outing came against Hawai'i Pacific when he netted a game- and season-high 23 points with seven threes.
TRITONS CRACK TOP 10 IN BOTH NATIONAL POLLS
UC San Diego broke into the top 10 in both Division II national polls on Dec. 4, coming in at No. 8 in the D2SIDA Media Poll and No. 10 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Poll. The Tritons' best NABC ranking since becoming an NCAA Division II program prior to the 2000-01 season is sixth in February of 2016.
HANSEN NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK...AGAIN
For the second time in three weeks, Chris Hansen was named the CCAA Player of the Week on Nov. 27. Over two conference victories, Hansen averaged 25.5 points and 12.5 rebounds. He shot 59.3 percent (16-27) overall and 57.1 percent (8-14) from behind the three-point arc. Against Cal State San Bernardino, Hansen established new career-highs with 29 points and six three-pointers while adding 11 rebounds for a double-double. Four nights later vs. Chico State, the junior struck for another double-double with 22 points and a career-best 14 boards. He was 7-for-10 from the field and matched his career-high with three blocks. Hansen earned the season's first CCAA Player of the Week award on Nov. 13. A Triton has won the honor every week this year as Christian Oshita picked up the accolade on Nov. 20.
IN THE 90's
UC San Diego has scored 90-plus points three times this season, netting 97 against both Western Washington and Cal State San Bernardino and 96 against Saint Martin's. If you're wondering, the program record for team points scored in a game is 146 vs. West Coast Christian back in 1979.
IT MUST BE AT LEAST 80
Eight times already this season the Tritons have netted at least 80 points.
OSHITA EARNS WEEKLY CONFERENCE AWARD
Following a week in which he averaged 27.5 points, Christian Oshita was named the CCAA Player of the Week on Nov. 20. Oshita turned in a masterful performance in a win against Saint Martin's, scoring a career-high 35 points and netting a career-best nine three-pointers. He also set career marks in field goals made (13) and three-point field goals attempted (12). Oshita was 13-for-16 (81.3 percent) in overall shooting and 9-for-12 (75 percent) from behind the arc. He also added four rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 30 minutes of floor time. Two days later, Oshita had a 20-point outing at crosstown rival Point Loma. He again led all players in points while also grabbing five rebounds. For the week, Oshita topped the Tritons in points, points per game, field goal percentage (65.5), and three-point field goal percentage (63.2). He was second on the team in rebounds and rebounds per game (4.5).
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.
AND THE NINE THREES?
Christian Oshita netted a career-high nine three-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.
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 three-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.
HANSEN NUMBER TWO IN CAREER BLOCKS
With 54 blocks to his name, Chris Hansen sits at No. 2 on UC San Diego's Division II career list. He has work to do before moving up to the top spot as Justin Brue totaled 90 from 2009-13.
BAYNE HITS 500
Christian Bayne entered the season with 498 career points. A three-pointer vs. Simon Fraser on Nov. 9 pushed him past the 500 mark.
Chris Hansen (7)
• 1/5 at Cal State Dominguez Hills (21p, 10r)
• 12/31 vs. Sonoma State (16p, 11r)
• 12/18 vs. Chaminade (20p, 13r)
• 12/6 vs. San Francisco State (27p, 11r)
• 11/24 vs. Chico State (22p, 14r)
• 11/20 vs. Cal State San Bernardino (29p, 11r)
• 11/9 vs. Simon Fraser (19p, 11r)
Chris Hansen had a stellar return to the court after missing the entire 2017-18 campaign. He 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 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 on Hansen's return, click here.
Four Tritons played in their first game in the blue and gold 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.
OSHITA TO REDSHIRT
Christian Oshita will redshirt this year and return as a senior for the 2019-20 campaign. Prior to the first game of the season, Oshita suffered a shoulder injury in practice. After playing four games and averaging 19.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, he underwent surgery on Dec. 26.
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.
UC San Diego, 9-1 (14-3)
Cal State East Bay, 9-2 (14-3)
Humboldt State, 7-4 (13-6)
Cal State San Bernardino, 7-4 (11-6)
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 6-4 (8-7)
San Francisco State, 6-5 (10-6)
Cal State LA, 6-5 (10-7)
Cal Poly Pomona, 5-5 (7-5)
Sonoma State, 4-6 (6-8)
Stanislaus State, 4-7 (7-8)
Chico State, 4-7 (5-7)
Cal State San Marcos, 1-9 (4-12)
Cal State Monterey Bay, 1-10 (1-15)
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE NCAA STAT RANKINGS
(all games through 1/17)
1. Three-Point Field Goals: 210
3. Three-Point Field Goals/Game: 12.4
7. Three-Point Field Goal Attempts: 519
23. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: 40.5
24. Scoring Defense: 66.1
28. Scoring Margin: 12.1
32. Field Goal Percentage: 76.4
34. Assists: 266
36. Fouls/Game: 15.5
47. Assist/Turnover Ratio: 1.31
49. Field Goal Percentage: 48.3
49. Field Goal Percentage Defense: 41.4
TRITONS IN THE NCAA STAT RANKINGS
(all games through 1/17)
18. Chris Hansen, Double-Doubles: 7
32. Chris Hansen, Field Goal Percentage: 58.4
35. Chris Hansen, Defensive Rebounds/Game: 6.59
39. Chris Hansen, Rebounds: 140
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE CCAA STAT RANKINGS
(league games through 1/18)
1. Scoring Offense: 78.4
1. Scoring Margin: 13.3
1. Three-Point Field Goals/Game: 12.7
1. Free Throw Percentage: 81.3
1. Assist/Turnover Ratio: 1.23
1. Assists/Game: 16.60
2. Scoring Defense: 65.1
2. Field Goal Percentage: 47.2
2. Field Goal Percentage Defense: 40.8
2. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: 38.5
4. Rebounding Defense: 33.0
4. Blocks/Game: 3.20
4. Steals/Game: 7.30
5. Turnovers/Game: 13.6
6. Rebound Margin: 1.5
8. Rebounds/Game: 34.5
TRITONS IN THE CCAA STAT RANKINGS
(league games through 1/18)
1. Chris Hansen, Rebounding: 9.1
1. Chris Hansen, Field Goal Percentage: 55.9
1. Chris Hansen, Free Throw Percentage: 94.3
2. Chris Hansen, Scoring: 16.1
2. Chris Hansen, Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: 52.2
2. Mikey Howell, Assist/Turnover Ratio: 1.4
4. Chris Hansen, Blocks/Game: 1.2
5. Christian Bayne, Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: 45.5
5. Christian Bayne, Three-Pointers/Game: 2.5
6. Chris Hansen, Three-Pointers/Game: 2.4
6. Mikey Howell, Assists/Game: 3.7
7. Tyrell Roberts, Assists/Game: 3.5
7. Christian Bayne, Steals/Game: 1.5
9. Tyrell Roberts, Three-Pointers/Game: 2.1
9. Tyrell Roberts, Assist/Turnover Ratio: 2.6
10. Scott Everman, Blocks/Game: 0.7
NABC NATIONAL POLL
2. Northwest Missouri State
4. St. Edward's
6. Nova Southeastern
7. USC Aiken
9. West Liberty
11. Point Loma
13. UC San Diego
14. St. Thomas Aquinas
15. Saint Anselm
16. West Texas A&M
20. Texas A&M Commerce
21. Valdosta State
22. Florida Southern
23. Saint Martin's
25. Southern Nazarene
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE NABC NATIONAL POLL
• 1/15: 13
• 1/8: 18
• 12/21: 14
• 12/11: 7
• 12/4: 10
• 11/27: 16
• 11/20: 19
• Preseason: 24
D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
2. Northwest Missouri State
3. Indiana (Pa.)
4. St. Edward's
5. Nova Southeastern
8. West Liberty
9. Point Loma
10. USC Aiken
11. Texas A&M Commerce
12. St. Thomas Aquinas
15. Saint Martin's
16. West Texas A&M
18. Northern State
20. UC San Diego
21. St. Anselm
T-22. Valdosta State
T-22. Fairmont State
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
• 1/15: 20
• 1/8: 23
• 12/21: 12
• 12/11: 6
• 12/4: 8
• 11/27: 9
• 11/20: 13
• 11/13: 15
• Preseason: 19
D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
1. Point Loma
T-2. UC San Diego
T-2. Saint Martin's
4. Northwest Nazarene
6. Cal State East Bay
7. Western Oregon
8. Seattle Pacific
9. Humboldt State
UC SAN DIEGO IN THE D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
• 1/14: T-2
• 1/7: 3
• 12/20: 2
• 12/10: 1
• 12/3: 1
• 11/26: 1
• 11/20: 2
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
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
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
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.
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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It's back on the road for UC San Diego next week as the Tritons play at Chico State on Jan. 24 and Humboldt State on Jan. 26.
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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