Chico State (7-3, 4-2)
Friday, Jan. 11 • 7:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Radio: ESPN Radio 1700 AM
Cal State Stanislaus (4-6, 1-5)
Saturday, Jan. 12 • 7:30 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Radio: ESPN Radio 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.
Friday's game against Chico State will be broadcast live by ESPN Radio 1700. Saturday's tilt versus Cal State Stanislaus will be on tape delay following NFL playoff coverage. However, you can hear both broadcasts live online at http://bit.ly/gWUuRJ. Craig Elsten will be calling the play-by-play while Jack Cronin will handle color commentary.
All UCSD home games will feature a live online video stream that will be coupled with the audio from the ESPN Radio broadcast. You can access the video/audio feed at http://bit.ly/gWUuRJ. In addition, all home games will be covered by live stats at http://bit.ly/fsRBt5.
THIS ONE GOES OUT TO THE STUDENTS
A new student seating section, sponsored by Triton Tide and Toyota, will be unveiled Friday at RIMAC Arena. The first 1,000 students to sign up for seating in the area will get a free "This Is My Gameday Shirt" to wear at games for the rest of the season. Also, an all-student tailgate with free food will be happening between the women's and men's games on Friday.
RIPE FROM THE STRIPE
As a team, UCSD is second in the CCAA and 12th nationally in free throw percentage. The Tritons have made 106 of 139 attempts from the line, 76.3 percent. Individually, Tyler McGrath leads the league and is 39th in the country at 87.5 percent (28-for-32). McGrath finished the 2011-12 season as the CCAA's leader in free throw percentage at .833.
Guards Tyler McGrath and James McCann currently rank among the CCAA's top 10 scorers. McGrath is fourth, averaging 16.0 points per game, while McCann is ninth at 13.0. McGrath has recorded 10 or more points in eight of nine games this season, which included a career high 33 against Fresno Pacific on Nov. 10. McCann has double-digit point totals in seven of nine games.
Statisticians have called out the above phrase frequently this season. James McCann is second among CCAA players with his 4.2 assists per game average. He has tallied multiple helpers in all nine games to date, including a season-best seven at Cal State San Bernardino, one less than his career high. Last season, McCann averaged 3.9 assists per game, the third-best mark in the league.
THE SIXTH CENTURY
UCSD'S win at Humboldt State on Jan. 5 was the 600th victory in program history. Since 1965-66, the Tritons' inaugural season of play, the team has compiled a 600-628 overall mark, good for a .489 winning percentage.
The 72-69 victory at Humboldt State on Jan. 5 was the first-ever win for the Tritons in Arcata. UCSD had gone winless in eight previous meetings at Lumberjack Arena.
HUMBOLDT STATE REWIND
UCSD picked up its first CCAA win on Jan. 5 with a 72-69 victory at Humboldt State. Four Tritons scored in double figures, including Drew Dyer (career-high 17), James McCann (16), Tyler McGrath (16) and MacKenzie McCullough (11). McCann led all players by pulling down a career-high seven rebounds while dishing out five assists. The Tritons shot 58.7% (27-46) from the floor, their highest percentage of the season. They also made half of their three-point attempts (8-16) and held a 29-20 advantage on the boards. HSU, which got 15 points from Darren Turpin, led 34-33 at the half.
CAL POLY POMONA REWIND
UCSD was edged by just one point, 52-51, at No. 6 Cal Poly Pomona on Jan. 3. After shooting 34.5% in the opening half and finding themselves down by six (29-23) at the break, the Tritons made 47.6% of their shots in the second stanza. Tyler McGrath had 11 points and five rebounds, while Justin Brue totaled 10 points and seven boards in only nine minutes of play before coming out due to injury. CPP's Terrence Drisdom had a game-high 17 points, while Mitchel Anderson recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Overall, the Tritons won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding the Broncos 35-30.
A LOOK AT THE WILDCATS
Chico State enters Friday's match-up at 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the CCAA, tied for third place with San Francisco State. The Wildcats are riding a four-game win streak during which they outscored opponents by an average of just over 26 points per game. Damario Sims is averaging a team-high 9.8 points per game and needs just seven more to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for his career. Jason Conrad is Chico's top rebounder, averaging 6.8 per contest.
A LOOK AT THE WARRIORS
Cal State Stanislaus comes into the week with a 4-6 overall record and a 1-5 mark in league play. The Warriors are tied with UCSD and Humboldt State for 10th place in the CCAA. Stanislaus, which plays at Cal State San Bernardino Friday night, has lost its last three games, falling at home against Sonoma State, San Francisco State and Chico State. Marcus Walters is averaging a team-best 12.2 points, while Ray Mitchell is dropping 10.1 points and pulling down a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game.
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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