Cal State East Bay (5-17, 4-14)
Friday, Feb. 22 • 7:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Radio: ESPN 1700
Cal State Monterey Bay (8-17, 4-14)
Saturday, Feb. 23 • 7:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Radio: ESPN 1700
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.
If you can't make it to RIMAC Arena this week, you can still follow the games live. Both contests will be broadcast by ESPN Radio 1700, with Craig Elsten calling the play-by-play and former Triton Tyler Acevedo providing color commentary. A video stream, coupled with the ESPN audio, is available at http://bit.ly/gWUuRJ. In addition, live stats can be found at http://bit.ly/fsRBt5.
First round games of the eight-team CCAA Tournament will be played on Tuesday, March 5 at campus sites. The top four regular season finishers will host and Cal Poly Pomona has already secured a home game. The semifinals and final will be contested at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., on Friday, March 8 (5:30 and 8 p.m.) and Saturday, March 9 (8 p.m.), respectively. The winner of the CCAA Tournament earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals.
The NCAA released the season's first regional rankings Wednesday. The top 10 in the West are: 1. Western Washington, 2. Cal Poly Pomona, 3. Seattle Pacific, 4. Dixie State, 5. Grand Canyon, 6. Cal State San Bernardino, 7. Chaminade, 8. Alaska Anchorage, 9. San Francisco State and 10. Chico State.
3,897's A CROWD
The Spirit Night (an annual campus event) game against Humboldt State on Friday, Feb. 8, drew a crowd of 3,897, the second-highest attendance at a men's basketball game in the history of RIMAC Arena.
UCSD returned to RIMAC Arena on Feb. 8 following a season-long, six-game road swing that began at Cal State Monterey Bay on Jan. 18. 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.
RIPE FROM THE STRIPE
UCSD has been dominant from the free throw line as the Tritons lead the CCAA and rank sixth nationally in free throw percentage at 76.9% (259-for-337). Tyler McGrath is second in the league and 25th in the country at 87.4% (76-for-87), while James McCann ranks fifth in the CCAA and 81st nationally at 83.7% (82-for-98). McGrath finished the 2011-12 season as the CCAA's leader in free throw percentage at 83.3%.
UCSD is well on its way to establishing a new program single season record for free throw percentage. The current mark is .748 (481-for-643), set during the team's 1986-87 campaign. Entering this week, the Tritons are at .769 (259-for-337).
FOUR ON THE FLOOR
UCSD's recent four-game win streak was its longest since the 2008-09 season when the Tritons won five straight between Jan. 16 and Jan. 30. All of those victories were also against CCAA teams (Cal State Monterey Bay, San Francisco State, Cal State Stanislaus, Chico State and Sonoma State). The Tritons had a pair of five-game streaks that season.
CAL STATE STANISLAUS REWIND
Justin Brue totaled a game-high 18 points, but UCSD dropped a 72-57 decision in Turlock on Feb. 15. The Warriors, who led by just five points (29-24) at the half, made 15 of their 22 shots in the second stanza, 68.2%. The game featured nine lead changes. A Brue layup put the Tritons up by a point (42-41) with 10:29 remaining, but a three by Ray Mitchell on the Warriors' next possession put Stanislaus back up for good. James McCann added 12 points and doled out six assists for UCSD.
CHICO STATE REWIND
A last-second three-pointer by Damario Sims led the Wildcats to a 64-61 win over UCSD in Chico on Feb. 16. With .03 on the clock, James McCann hit a 75-foot shot at the final buzzer, but it was disallowed as rules state that a player cannot gain possession and score a field goal with .03 seconds or less remaining. Three Tritons had 10 or more points, including Drew Dyer (17), McCann (16) and Tyler McGrath (12). Dyer posted his first career double-double by pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds. For the second straight night and third time in his last four games, McCann finished with six assists. Both teams shot under 40% for the game.
A LOOK AT THE PIONEERS
Cal State East Bay comes into Friday's game at 5-17 overall and 4-14 in the CCAA, tied with Cal State Monterey Bay for last place. The Pioneers have lost 11 straight games, their last victory coming on Jan. 11 against Humboldt State (78-70). Last week, East Bay lost two on the road at Humboldt (77-69) and Cal Poly Pomona (71-56). Gabe Kindred is the team's scoring leader, averaging 11.8 points/game. Nick Marshall is grabbing a team-high 6.6 boards/game.
A LOOK AT THE OTTERS
Cal State Monterey Bay enters the week with an 8-17 overall record and tied with Cal State East Bay for last place in the CCAA at 4-14. The Otters play at Cal State San Bernardino Friday night. Last week, CSUMB dropped a pair of road games, losing at Cal Poly Pomona (74-49) and Humboldt State (108-100 in overtime). The team has lost six straight games, last winning at Cal State Stanislaus on Jan. 26 (78-74). Alex Fertig is scoring 14.0 points/game while Brandon Ward is at 12.4 points/game. Kris Gallop is the top rebounder at 6.3/game.
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 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). At the other extreme, the Tritons' 73-50 loss against Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 9 was its largest margin of defeat.
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. 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 4.1 helpers per game, the second-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.
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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