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UCSD students and children under seven are admitted free to all regular season home games. Tickets for all games at RIMAC Arena are available at the main entrance on game day. General admission prices are $10 for adults (ages seven and up) and $5 for seniors (ages 65 and up), visiting students and UCSD Alumni Association members. For info on group tickets or other questions, please call 858.534.2508.
For the third consecutive season, a majority of UCSD's men's basketball games will be broadcast by ESPN Radio 1700 AM. A total of 17 non-conference and California Collegiate Athletic Association games will be on air, including all home league games and select road conference games. Craig Elsten, in his fifth season as the voice of Triton men's and women's basketball during online broadcasts, serves as the play-by-play announcer. This week, color commentary will be handled by former Triton players Tyler Acevedo and Sam Higgins. A full list of games being aired can be found by clicking here.
All UCSD home games will feature a free live video stream that will be coupled with the audio from the ESPN Radio 1700 AM broadcast. You can access the video/audio feed by clicking here. In addition, all home games will be covered by live stats, which can be viewed by clicking here.
COACH AND COACH
First-year UCSD head coach Eric Olen will be a weekly guest on The Mighty 1090's "Coach" Kentera Show all season long. Olen will join host John Kentera live this Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8:30 p.m.
Prior to Saturday's game against Sonoma State, three Tritons - Matt Bailey, James McCann and MacKenzie McCullough - will be recognized as it will be their final career contest at RIMAC Arena.
THE CANNED FOOD DRIVE IS ON
The CCAA is holding its annual canned food drive competition during the month of February and all league schools will be collecting canned goods to donate to local service organizations. UC San Diego will once again be participating on behalf of the San Diego Food Bank. Donation bins are currently located in the lobby of the Intercollegiate Athletics suite through Feb. 24. In addition, bins will be present at the following home events:
• Friday, Feb. 21 - women's/men's basketball vs. San Francisco State
• Saturday, Feb. 22 - baseball vs. Cal Poly Pomona
• Saturday, Feb. 22 - softball vs. Cal State East Bay
• Saturday, Feb. 22 - women's/men's basketball vs. Sonoma State
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS
G - #10 James McCann (Sr., 5-11/165): 16.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.0 APG, .426 FG%, .779 FT%, 34.3 MPG
G - #15 Aleks Lipovic (RFr., 6-4/185): 8.7 PPG, 2.1 RPG, .436 FG%, .422 3FG%, 27.9 MPG
G - #12 Adam Klie (Fr., 6-4/190): 9.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, .471 FG%, 1.0 SPG, 27.5 MPG
F - #23 Hunter Walker (So., 6-4/205): 9.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, .797 FT%, 0.6 BPG, 1.0 SPG, 28.0 MPG
F - #14 Drew Dyer (So., 6-6/210): 12.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG, .421 FG%, .346 3FG%, 31.5 MPG
CCAA STANDINGS (through 2/19)
T-1. Cal State San Bernardino: 16-2, 19-3
T-1. Cal Poly Pomona: 16-2, 18-4
3. Chico State: 13-5, 17-5
T-4. Cal State Stanislaus: 10-8, 14-8
T-4. Cal State L.A.: 10-8, 13-9
T-4. San Francisco State: 10-8, 12-9
7. UC San Diego: 9-9, 13-9
8. Cal State Monterey Bay: 7-11, 9-12
9. Humboldt State: 5-13, 10-14
T-10. Cal State East Bay: 4-14, 7-17
T-10. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 4-14, 7-18
T-10. Sonoma State: 4-14, 5-17
Among all CCAA teams, UCSD ranks:
2. Three-Pointers Made (186)
2. Free Throw Percentage (.732)
2. Fewest Turnovers/Game (11.4)
T-4. Rebounds/Game (35.4)
T-6. Blocks/Game (2.4)
7. Three-Point Percentage (.343)
7. Assists/Game (12.7)
7. Points/Game (71.5)
8. Field Goals Made (534)
9. Field Goal Percentage (.430)
10. Free Throws Made (320)
11. Steals/Game (4.9)
Tritons ranked among the top 10 players in the CCAA include:
• Drew Dyer
T-7. Three-Pointers/Game (2.1)
8. Minutes/Game (31.5)
• Aleks Lipovic
5. Three-Point Percentage (.422)
T-5. Three-Pointers/Game (2.2)
2. Minutes/Game (34.3)
UCSD ranks among the top 50 teams in the nation in scoring defense (27th, 67.2), fewest turnovers (37th, 251), three-pointers/game (40th, 8.5), three-point attempts (40th, 543) and fewest turnovers/game (50th, 11.4). James McCann ranks 19th in assists/game (6.0), 23rd in total assists (133) and 28th in assist/turnover ratio (2.8).
FIRST NCAA REGIONAL RANKINGS RELEASED
The NCAA put out its first regional rankings of the season Thursday. In the West, Cal State San Bernardino is first, followed by California Baptist, Cal Poly Pomona, Seattle Pacific, Dixie State, Chico State, Western Washington, Chaminade, Dominican and Cal State Stanislaus.
McCANN NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK...AGAIN
James McCann was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Week on Feb. 10. In a 66-64 win at Chico State, he recorded a game-high 23 points and four assists. His biggest assist came in the final second of the game. With the score tied at 64-64, McCann inbounded the ball to Drew Dyer, who hit a jumper at the buzzer to give the victory to UCSD. The next night, McCann had a game-high six assists and a team-high 16 points to help lift the Tritons to a 67-65 win at Cal State Stanislaus. McCann earned the award on Jan. 28 as well.
HITTING THE BOOK
On Feb. 1, James McCann recorded his 415th career assist, taking over UCSD's Division II record. He currently has 441 helpers. The all-time school record is 496 by Darvin Jackson (1988-92). McCann can be found all over UCSD's DII career record book, including free throws made (1st, 412), free throws attempted (1st, 511), points (2nd, 1,286), field goals made (2nd, 381), field goals attempted (2nd, 944), steals (2nd, 86), games started (2nd, 102), minutes (2nd, 3,205), threes attempted (5th, 331), threes made (6th, 112) and games played (T-6th, 103).
McMORE ON McCANN
Earlier this season, James McCann scored his 1,000th career point. He entered the year with 934 and his 11-point performance at Humboldt State on Dec. 5 put him over the mark. He is just the third Triton to accumulate 1,000 points during the team's NCAA Division II era (since the 2000-01 season). Overall, he is the 12th player in program history to join the club. McCann currently has 1,286 career points, second on UCSD's Division II list. Jordan Lawley (2006-10) holds the mark with 1,398 points.
UCSD is 9-4 at home and 4-5 in road games ... UCSD is the only team in the league to have swept the Chico State/Cal State Stanislaus road trip this season ... The buzzer-beating win at Chico State (2/7) was a sort of redemption of last season's game in Chico when a final-second three by James McCann to tie the contest was originally ruled good and then overturned ... The Spirit Night attendance of 3,902 vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills (1/24) was the second-highest ever for a men's basketball game at RIMAC Arena ... Aleks Lipovic's seven threes vs. CSUDH (1/24) were the most netted by a Triton since Mike Meza hit seven at Cal State East Bay on Feb. 18, 2012 ... Matt Bailey saw his first playing time of the season against CSUDH (1/24) after recovering from injury ... Zach McMillan's 16 rebounds against UC Merced (12/21) were a career-best and the most since Casey Ryan pulled down 20 against San Francisco State on Feb. 3, 2011 ... Three Tritons have posted a total of five double-doubles this season: James McCann (3), Drew Dyer (1) and MacKenzie McCullough (1) ... Head coach Eric Olen earned his first career win on Nov. 15 with a 66-56 victory against Daemen College at RIMAC Arena … Olen's inaugural win came in his first career regular season contest ... The Tritons’ 95 points against St. Katherine on Nov. 27 were the most the team had scored in regulation since Nov. 4, 2011, when it poured in 102 against Chestnut Hill ... UCSD has scored 90-plus points three times this season, the most since the 2007-08 season (twice) ... Duke Doulphus, Adam Klie, Aleks Lipovic, Michael Robinson and Darryl Wong have all seen their first career action as a Triton this season.
McCANN EARNS SAN DIEGO HALL OF CHAMPIONS STAR OF THE MONTH HONOR
For the month of January, James McCann led UCSD in total points (156), scoring average (17.3 points/game), field goals made (48), field goals attempted (106), free throws made (50), free throws attempted (63), total rebounds (44), total assists (56), assists average (6.2), total minutes (307) and minutes average (34.1/game). He shot .453 overall from the field. McCann scored at least 12 points in all nine games played and totaled 20-plus points on three occasions. He recorded two double-doubles and set single game career-highs in free throws made (10), free throws attempted (14) and rebounds (10). On the last day of January, McCann tied UCSD's Division II career assists record.
Drew Dyer was named the CCAA Player of the Week on Nov. 25. The 6'6" forward recorded his first double-double of the season in a near victory over league favorite Cal State San Bernardino on Nov. 21. The Tritons fell in overtime, 77-73, despite 22 points and a career-high 14 rebounds from the sophomore. The Aurora, Colo., native was 7-for-16 from the floor, including a pair of treys, and capitalized on six-of-seven free throw opportunities. His 22 points and 14 rebounds, eight on the offensive side, were game-highs. It marked the first career conference award for Dyer.
2013-14 CCAA PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Cal State San Bernardino (6), 115 points
2. Cal Poly Pomona (6), 112 points
3. San Francisco State, 92 points
4. Chico State, 91 points
5. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 86 points
6. Cal State L.A., 75 points
7. Sonoma State, 60 points
8. Humboldt State, 48 points
9. Cal State Stanislaus, 40 points
10. Cal State East Bay, 32 points
11. UC San Diego, 24 points
12. Cal State Monterey Bay, 17 points
HEAD COACH ERIC OLEN
Long-time UCSD assistant coach Eric Olen was named the program's 12th head coach on Oct. 1, 2013. Olen joined the Tritons as a second assistant for the 2004-05 season and was promoted to first assistant the next season. He was on the bench during the 2007-08 campaign when UCSD won its first-ever CCAA Tournament title and earned its first berth in the NCAA Tournament. 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.
ABOUT THE GATORS
San Francisco State enters Friday night's match-up at 12-9 overall and in a three-way tie for fourth place in the CCAA with a 10-8 mark. The Gators split last week's home games, defeating Humboldt State (79-48) before falling to No. 25 Cal Poly Pomona (62-52). They are 3-1 in their last four contests. Nefi Perdomo is averaging 18.6 points/game, tied for second among all league players. He leads the conference in threes/game (2.9) and steals/game (2.1). Will Overton, Jr. is second in the CCAA in free throw percentage (.838) and Calvin Otiono is fourth in assists/game at 3.8. As a team, SFSU tops the league in free throw percentage (.756) and is second in steals/game (7.6).
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD holds a 15-11 advantage in the all-time series record against San Francisco State. On Jan. 18 at The Swamp, Nefi Perdomo poured in 29 points to lead the Gators to an 82-68 victory. UCSD, which hit 12 three-pointers, was led by 15 points from Drew Dyer and 14 points and eight assists from . SFSU made 25 of 28 free throws and led from start to finish.
ABOUT THE SEAWOLVES
Sonoma State comes into the week at 5-17 overall and is tied for last place in the CCAA with a 4-14 record. The Seawolves, who play at No. 15 Cal State San Bernardino Friday night, lost a pair of home games last week, falling to 25th-ranked Cal Poly Pomona (58-47) and Humboldt State (75-63). SSU's leading scorer is Justin Herold, who is averaging 14.2 points/game. Sterling Arterberry is just behind at 13.2. Herold is also the team's top rebounder, grabbing 6.4 boards/game. He leads the CCAA in field goal percentage (.586) and Arterberry is tops in the conference in free throw percentage (.840). SSU is averaging just 64.1 points/game, last in the CCAA.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Sonoma State holds a 17-9 advantage in the all-time series against UCSD. Back on Jan. 17 in Rohnert Park, SSU made 10 of 16 three-point attempts to take a 79-54 victory. In contrast, UCSD hit just three of 24 from behind the arc. James McCann finished with a game-high 17 points for the Tritons, while the Seawolves got 15 from Mike Harris, 13 from Justin Herold and 12 out of James Davis. Sonoma held a sizable 31-18 advantage in rebounding.
CCAA TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO ONTARIO
The 2014 CCAA Championship Tournament returns to Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., March 6-8. This year, the tournament will feature a new format that includes 12 teams (six men's teams and six women's teams) instead of the previous 16-team field. All tournament games will be played at Citizens Business Bank Arena, with the first round campus site games eliminated. The top two men's teams and top two women's teams will receive a first-round bye, while the No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 seeds on each side will play a first round elimination game on Thursday, March 6. Semifinal games between the first-round winners and the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will take place on Friday, March 7, and the championship games will be played on Saturday, March 8. The men's and women's teams that win the CCAA Tournament will receive automatic qualification into the 2014 NCAA Division II Championship Tournament.
CCAA TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Tickets for the 2014 CCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships are now on sale at http://www.axs.com, over the phone at (888) 929-7849, or at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. All purchases made online or over the phone are subject to a convenience fee. Base ticket prices are unchanged from last year. New this year: Groups of 10 or more can get $2 off any ticket by contacting Jessica Reveles at email@example.com or (909) 244-5516. Complete information is available here.
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UCSD completes its regular season on the road next week, playing at Cal State L.A. on Friday, Feb. 28, and at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday, March 1. Both games tip off at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast by ESPN Radio 1700.