This Week’s Events:
Mon., Dec. 19---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Coconut Coast Classic---4:00 PM
Wed., Dec. 21---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Coconut Coast Classic---2:00 PM
WOMEN HOOPSTERS GET ROAD WIN AT GRAND CANYON
Coach Janell Jones Women’s Basketball team goes into the holiday break with a 6-2 record after knocking off Grand Canyon, 75-66, in Phoenix Tuesday night...Junior guard Leora Juster exploded for 30 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals as UCSD overcame a 65% first half shooting effort by the Antelopes...Juster was 6-of-7 from the floor while tallying 21 points in the second half...She led a parade of four Tritons in double figures...Junior Hillary Hansen netted 13 while Kim Buffum and Michelle Osier accounted for 10 apiece.
A 14-3 run at the conclusion of the first half allowed Grand Canyon to go into the locker room up by one, 37-36...Buffum got the Tritons back on top with a three-pointer to open the second half and Osier’s lay-up with 9:30 remaining put UCSD up for good...Jones and Co. return to CCAA play Jan. 6, hosting Cal State Stanislaus at RIMAC Arena.
MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS PAIR OF TIGHT GAMES
Trying to snap a five-game losing streak, the Men’s Basketball team will battle Montreat (NC) tonight and Hawaii-Hilo Wednesday at the Coconut Coast Classic in Hawaii...The Tritons are 1-6 overall after dropping a 75-69 decision to Hawaii-Hilo last night in the first round of the tourney.
Tuesday night, host Point Loma pulled away in the final four minutes to upend UCSD, 71-63...In an entertaining back-and-forth contest, neither team led by more than six until the final minute...The Sea Lions broke the ninth and final tie at the 4:18 mark and 30 seconds later, a missed put back dunk by the Tritons was the catalyst for Point Loma’s final surge...Sophomore guard Clint Allard was UCSD’s top scorer, collecting 17 points as well as a team high three assists...Junior guard Robby Peters added 13 and freshman Henry Patterson got 10 for UC...Shane Poppen and Justin Sinnott paced the Tritons on the boards with five apiece but UCSD was out-rebounded by six on the night.
Sunday in Hawaii, UCSD put four players in double figures but its season high 69 points were not enough to overcome Hawaii-Hilo...The 5-3 Vulcans built up a 13-point advantage in the first half and were ahead by five at the break...The Tritons went in front for the first time on an Allard bucket with 9:36 remaining in the game and had their biggest lead (four) when Allard nailed a three-pointer at 3:42...But UCSD was unable to withstand Hilo’s final thrust...On the bright side, the Tritons had the edge in rebounds (33-28) and turned the ball over just seven times, but they earned only nine free throws compared to 29 for the Vulcans...Allard’s 16 points led UCSD with Poppen (15), Darryl Lawlow (14) and Odioh Odiye (13) next in line...Poppen was high with six rebounds while Allard handed out seven assists.
FALL PERFORMANCE PUTS UCSD UP IN COMMISSIONER’S CUP RACE
Sparked by conference titles in Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Soccer, UC San Diego sits first in the CCAA’s Commissioner’s Cup standings after the fall season. With a total of two points (low score is best), the Tritons are one point ahead of Cal Poly Pomona and Chico State.
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