This Week’s Events:
Wed., Jan. 11---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---
Wed., Jan. 11---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Cal State San Bernardino---
Wed., Jan. 11---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD vs.
Fri., Jan. 13---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at
Sat., Jan. 14---Swimming & Diving---UCSD at UC Davis---
Sat., Jan. 14---Women’s Basketball---UCSD at
Sat., Jan. 14---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at
Sun., Jan. 15---Men’s Volleyball---UCSD at
RING’S VOLLEYBALL SQUAD OPENS VS.
With first-year head coach Kevin Ring at the helm, the Men’s Volleyball team opens its 2006 season Wednesday night at home against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) foe Long Beach State...Junior Brooks Dierdorff, the Tritons’ starting setter a year ago, returns to lead UCSD...He had 934 assists and 47 aces as a soph...Statistically, the top returning offensive players are Mike Reuter (127 kills), Garret Smith (117) and Brendan Bowe (97)...Also expected to be big contributors are Russ Hardy, Chris Sayers and Jon Daze...Following the Long Beach State match, UCSD is on the road for its next four contests, starting with two over the weekend at Ohio State.
TRITON HOOP SQUAD GOES 2-1 FOR WEEK; GETS BIGGEST EVER CCAA WIN
TRITON HOOP SQUAD GOES 2-1 FOR WEEK; GETS BIGGEST EVER CCAA WIN
Doubling its win total for the season last week, the Men's Basketball team upped its record to 4-8 and is now 1-3 in the CCAA...Coach Bill Carr's club now travels to Cal State San Bernardino (Wed.) and Cal State Monterey Bay (Sat.) with victories in three of its last five tries...San Bernardino, the six-time defending conference champion, is 3-1 in league play and tied for second while Monterey Bay is 2-2.
Scoring 24 points more than its previous season high, the Tritons knocked off 11-2 Grand Canyon, 94-91, in overtime Tuesday night...Sophomore Clint Allard had a monster game, netting a career high 28 points and nine assists...Freshmen Henry Patterson and Darryl Lawlor chipped in with 17 and 15 respectively while junior Robby Peters hit four treys for 12 points...Down by as much as eight in the first half, UCSD rallied late to tie the score (43-43) at intermission...Grand Canyon built up an 11-pt. second half margin but the Tritons bounced back again...With the score knotted at 80, UCSD had two chances to win in regulation but Peters’ short range jumper in the lane rimmed out with one minute left and Andrew Hatch’s driving lay-in at the buzzer kicked off the heel...The Tritons owned the overtime session and might have won going away with better success at the free throw line...They missed five consecutive tries from the stripe in the last 20 seconds to keep things tight...UCSD turned the ball over just nine times on the night and junior Justin Sinnott pulled down a season high 11 boards.
A sub-par effort from the free throw line, coupled with Cal State Stanislaus’s end-to-end pressure did UCSD in Friday night as the Tritons dropped a 79-75 decision...Carr's squad clawed back from a nine-point deficit to take its first lead with 1:43 remaining in the first half and went into the locker room up , 31-29...The contest was tied for the last time with 8:53 on the clock witih the Warriors pulling away from there...Although the Tritons remained in striking range, they could never get back over the hump...Stanislaus ball-hawking caused 22 turnovers and 59.5% shooting from the charity stripe kept UCSD from making any significant runs...Freshman Henry Patterson had a solid game, scoring 18 points (9-of-14) and collecting seven boards before fouling out with 5:42 left...Allard accounted for 14 points and freshman Shane Poppen netted 10...Sophomore Drew Spaventa had one of his best games off the bench, getting five points and nine rebounds, leading the Tritons to a 48-39 advantage in the latter category.
Saturday, UCSD parlayed good defense and solid shooting into a 61-41 triumph over Chico State...The 20-pt. margin of not only the widest of Carr's short tenure at the school but also the Tritons biggest ever in CCAA play...Up a point at half, UCSD broke it open with a 12-0 run midway through the second half...The 6-5 Patterson worked the inside for a team high 14 points while Poppen canned 12 and Allard scored 10 and handed out five assists...Freshman Darryl Lawlor's five boards helped the Tritons to a +8 on the glass and they shot 52.5% from the field while limiting the Wildcats to a paltry 31.8% and forcing 21 turnovers...Last year at RIMAC, Chico State raced out to a 19-0 lead on the way a victory.
STREAKING WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM KNOCKS OFF NO. 12
The Women's Basketball team will take an 8-2 record and a four-game winning streak on the road this week when it visits Cal State San Bernardino and Cal State Monterey Bay...Coach Janell Jones' outfit won a pair of nailbiters in its first two conference home games last week and takes a 3-1 CCAA mark into Wednesday's contest against CSUSB...The Tritons are now in a four-way second place logjam in the league, one game behind undefeated Sonoma State.
Friday night, UCSD got 21 points, nine assists and six rebounds from junior Leora Juster and outlasted Cal State Stanislaus, 82-79...The versatile guard hit 9-of-10 from the free throw line...Junior Hillary Hansen and freshman Michelle Osier provided backing for Juster, knocking down 13 and 12 points respectively...Osier turned in a double double with 11 rebounds and added seven steals for good measure...The Tritons led by three at halftime and took the lead for good on a Meaghan Noud layup with 11:36 to go...UCSD shot just 40% on the night but offset that by forcing 25 turnovers and and hitting 93.3% from the free throw line.
The next evening, Jones and Co. passed a big test, upending 15th-ranked Chico State, 79-77...The Wildcats came in 9-1 and undefeated in three previous CCAA games...Juster had another big performance, ringing up 26 points and seven assists...Her final bucket, a two off the dribble from the top of the key, broke a 75-75 tie and put UCSD up for good...The Tritons, who trailed much of the first half, made a key statement at the close of the initial 20 minutes, getting a three-pointer from Kim Buffum and a long range two from Katie Anderson in the last 30 seconds to forge a tie at the break...There were all sot of heroes for UCSD...Osier registered another double double (12 pts./11 rebounds) and Hansen chalked up 11 points and seven boards before fouling out with with 5:43 remaining, while Anderson and junior Alexis Gaskin had arguably their best performances of the young season... Anderson had just six points but always seemed to be in the right place at the right time and hit all three shots she took and Gaskin, after playing just six minutes in the first half, shored up the inside defense while scoring 10 points in 17 second half minutes...Not to be underestimated was the role of Jones who seemed to will her charges through some rough patches down the stretch...UCSD shot 47.7% from the floor while holding Chico State to just 38.4%.
The holiday break was apparently a good one for the Triton Swimming teams which made a successful 2006 debut against Division I Air Force Friday morning at Canyonview Pool...The UCSD women slugged the Falcons, 150-94, while the men ended up in a 174-174 deadlock...In the all relay format, the trio of Lauren O’Neill, Kendall Bohn and Jennifer Sims raced to victory in the opening 300-yd. butterfly relay and the Tritons never looked back, winning every event...On the men’s side, senior Ben Falcioni had a busy day, swimming on the 300 butterfly, 300 backstroke, 500 freestyle, 800 butterfly and 400 individual medley relay units.
Next up for UCSD is traditional rival UC Davis...The Tritons and Aggies will collide Saturday in Davis...Friday’s scheduled diving competition against Nevada-Las Vegas was cancelled as the Rebels pulled out the morning of the event.
TRITON JAM TUESDAY NIGHT AT RIMAC
The fifth annual Triton Jam is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 17 at RIMAC Arena...Doors open at 7:30 PM and the event will start at 8:00 PM...A “basketball carnival,” Triton Jam is an opportunity for UCSD students to meet the men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as participate in a variety of contests, competitions and interactive games...The night’s agenda will include the UCSD Cheerleaders, UCSD Dance Team and UCSD Pep Band as well as giveaways, prizes and FREE FOOD...For more information call (858) 534-8460.
CANYONVIEW GRAND OPENING SET
Although the first date of actual use has yet to be determined, the Grand Opening ceremony for the new "Canyonview West" Pool has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, at a time to be confirmed, probably around mid-day...Those associated with the construction are expecting water to be pumped into the nearly completed structure sometime in the coming week.
BASKETBALL GAMES ON INTERNET
All of UCSD’s home basketball games, men and women, will be broadcast live on the internet...Newcomer Jack Cronin handles the play-by-play...To listen in, simply go to the UCSD Athletics website and click on Audio Broadcasts in the left hand column.
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