Humboldt State (9-9, 5-9)
Friday, Feb. 8 • 7:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Radio: ESPN 1700 AM
No. 4 Cal Poly Pomona (17-1, 13-1)
Saturday, Feb. 9 • 7:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Radio: ESPN 1700 AM
Tickets for all home games at RIMAC Arena are available at the main entrance on game day. General admission prices are $10 for adults (ages 7 and up) and $5 for seniors (ages 65 and up), visiting students and UCSD Alumni Association members. UCSD students and children under 7 are admitted free. For info on group tickets or questions, please call 858.534.2508.
STAFF NIGHT SATURDAY
UCSD staff members will be admitted to Saturday night's games free of charge with a valid staff ID.
If you can't make it to RIMAC Arena for this week's games, there are plenty of ways to follow the action live. ESPN Radio 1700 AM will broadcast both games, with Craig Elsten calling the play-by-play. You can also listen to the broadcasts online at http://www.sandiego1700.com. The games will also feature a video stream at http://bit.ly/gWUuRJ and live stats at http://bit.ly/fsRBt5.
UCSD returns to RIMAC Arena this week following a season-long six-game road swing that began at Cal State Monterey Bay on Jan. 18. The last time the Tritons played at RIMAC was back on Jan. 12 against Cal State Stanislaus. It was the team's longest away streak since the 2007-08 season, when UCSD played eight consecutive road games, half of those coming at the CCAA Tournament and NCAA West Regional. During the 2005-06 season, the Tritons played nine straight regular season games away from La Jolla. UCSD is 1-5 at home and 6-4 on the road this season.
WE'VE GOT SPIRIT, HOW 'BOUT YOU?
Friday night is Spirit Night at RIMAC Arena! Spirit Night is the culmination of a week-long spirit competition between the six UCSD colleges and is annually one of the biggest athletics events of the year. The Spirit Night trophy will be presented following the men's game and fireworks will close out the night on RIMAC Field. Last year's Spirit Night drew a crowd of 3,642. The Triton women defeated Cal State L.A., 78-63, while the men's team downed the Golden Eagles by a score of 57-56.
BRING ON THE MASCOTS
RIMAC Arena will play host to Mascot Night on Saturday. Mascots from Famous Dave's, Geico, Papa John's, Steele Canyon High School, VAVi Sport and Social Club and others will compete against each other in a variety of contests and games. How will King Triton measure up?
UCSD is currently riding a three-game win streak and has been victorious in seven of its last nine contests. The last time the Tritons won three in a row was during the 2010-11 season when they defeated Academy of Art (11/21), Notre Dame de Namur (11/26) and Simon Fraser (11/27). The last time the team took three straight CCAA games was during the 2008-09 campaign with wins against Cal State San Bernardino (2/14), San Francisco State (2/20) and Cal State Monterey Bay (2/21).
RIPE FROM THE STRIPE
UCSD has been dominant from the free throw line as the Tritons lead the CCAA and rank 10th nationally (up from 12th last week) in free throw percentage at 76.2%. Tyler McGrath leads all league players and is 10th in the country (up from 16th last week) at 89.1%. James McCann is sixth in the CCAA at 82.1%. McGrath finished the 2011-12 season as the CCAA's leader in free throw percentage at 83.3%.
CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS REWIND
Justin Brue (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Colin Porter (12 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles as UCSD took a 69-62 win at CSUDH on Feb. 1. It was Porter's first career double-double and his point and rebound totals were both career-highs. Three other Tritons also posted double-digit point totals including James McCann (16), Drew Dyer (10) and Tyler McGrath (10). The Tritons out-rebounded the Toros 39-22 and were 20-for-25 from the free throw line. CSUDH held a modest 32-30 lead at the half.
CAL STATE L.A. REWIND
A stifling zone defense held the Golden Eagles to just 19.6% shooting as UCSD rolled to a 50-34 win at CSLA on Feb. 2. With the score 16-10 in favor of the Tritons at the half, UCSD upped its shooting percentage from 26.9% to 47.8% in the second stanza and more than doubled its point production. The Golden Eagles held a substantial 46-33 lead in rebounding, including a 20-7 advantage on the offensive glass. Hunter Walker scored a game- and career-high 14 points, while Tyler McGrath added 12 for the Tritons.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO
The 34 points recorded by Cal State L.A. on Feb. 2 were the fewest given up by the Tritons since an 85-25 win over Caltech on Jan. 8, 1983. The total was the third-lowest on record in program history (117-27 win vs. LIFE Bible College on 12/6/75). UCSD's 50 points at Cal State L.A. were the fewest scored by the Tritons since they totaled 42 against Cal State Stanislaus on Feb. 11, 2012.
Freshman Hunter Walker has been gathering his best numbers as of late. At Cal State L.A. on Feb. 2, he drained a career-best 14 points, also a game-high. Other career-highs recorded in that game included field goals (4), field goal percentage (.667), three-pointers (3), three-pointers attempted (5), three-point field goal percentage (.600), free throws made (3) and free throws attempted (4).
UCSD's 20-point (85-65) win at Sonoma State on Jan. 26 was the team's largest margin of victory this season. The previous was nine points at Cal State East Bay (69-60) and against Fresno Pacific (83-74). The night before, UCSD lost by 15 (70-55) at San Francisco State, tying its largest margin of defeat this season (73-58 vs. Cal State San Bernardino).
LIVIN' IN THE 80s
UCSD's 85 points scored at Sonoma State on Jan. 26 was a season-high. The last time the Tritons posted a higher total was on Nov. 4, 2011, a 102-74 win against Chestnut Hill at the Disney Classic in Anaheim, the team's season opener. UCSD has eclipsed the 80-point plateau three times this season (90-82 loss at CSUSB on 11/24; 83-74 win vs. Fresno Pacific on 11/10).
BEHIND THE DISH
James McCann's nine assists at Sonoma State on Jan. 26 set a new career-high for the point guard. His previous best was eight at Cal State San Bernardino on Dec. 19, 2011. McCann is dishing out 3.8 helpers per game, the third-highest average in the CCAA.
McGRATH NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tyler McGrath was named the Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week on Jan. 28. McGrath led UCSD in scoring (23.5 points/game), three-pointers (9), free throws (8), and minutes (70) over two league road games. He made 52 percent (15 of 29) of his shots from the field, 47 percent (9 of 19) from behind the three point line and 89 percent (8 of 9) of his free throws. In an 85-65 blowout of Sonoma State, McGrath netted a game-high 32 points, one short of his career-best, on 10-for-15 shooting. He made a career-high six three pointers while also adding two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 36 minutes of play. The night prior, McGrath had team-highs with 15 points and five rebounds in a 70-55 loss at San Francisco State. He is the first Triton to win the honor since Jordan Lawley on Feb. 8, 2010.
A LOOK AT THE LUMBERJACKS
Humboldt State enters the week with an even 9-9 overall record and sits in ninth place in the CCAA at 5-9. The Jacks have won their last three games, including wins over Cal State Stanislaus (87-84 at home), Chico State (80-73 at home) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (57-54 on the road). Their last loss was at Cal State L.A. on Jan. 25 (77-70). Alex Williams and Austin Bryan are each averaging over 10 points a game at 16.6 and 12.8, respectively. Deaundray Robinson is third in the CCAA with his 2.0 assists per game average while Brett McConnell is second in blocks at 1.5. Williams is averaging a team-high 7.1 rebounds per game.
A LOOK AT THE BRONCOS
Cal Poly Pomona moved up to No. 4 in this week's NABC national poll, its highest ranking of the season. The Broncos come into the week at 17-1 overall and in first place in the CCAA with a 13-1 record. Winners of eight straight, the Broncos lone loss was a 67-63 defeat at home against Cal State San Bernardino on Jan. 5. Mitchel Anderson leads the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game while Terrence Drisdom is just behind at 13.3. Anderson is also the team's top rebounder, pulling down 7.9 boards per contest, and leads the league in steals at 2.1 per game. The Broncos are averaging a league-best 67.8 points per game. CPP plays at second place San Bernardino Friday night before coming to La Jolla.
THE SIXTH CENTURY
UCSD'S win at Humboldt State on Jan. 5, its first-ever victory in Arcata, was the 600th victory in program history.
Prior to Cal State San Bernardino scoring 90 on Nov. 24, no UCSD opponent had posted a point total that high since Cal State Monterey Bay won 97-93 in double overtime on Jan. 26, 2008 at RIMAC Arena. The last time an opponent put up 90-plus in regulation was on Jan. 4, 2007 when Humboldt State downed the Tritons 90-76 in Arcata.
ALL BUT ONE
UCSD returns all but one of its starters from last season, including full-timers James McCann, Tyler McGrath and Justin Brue, along with part-timers MacKenzie McCullough and Ryan Peters. That group accounted for 61% of the team's scoring and 50% of its rebounds. The lone loss was big man Christian Hatch, who led the Tritons in scoring (12.5/game) and rebounding (7.3/game). The center was named to the All-CCAA Second Team.
COACH AND COACH
UCSD head coach Chris Carlson will be a weekly guest on XX Sports 1090's "Coach" Kentera Show. Carlson will join host John Kentera every Tuesday at approximately 8:30 p.m. You can listen online as well at http://bit.ly/TsuTZ6.
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