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MacKenzie McCullough is averaging 10.7 ppg and 6.3 rpg through the first six games in 2013-14..
UCSD Begins Six-Game Homestand With Cal State San Bernardino and UC Merced
Release: Thursday 12/12/2013 

Game Seven
RV Cal State San Bernardino (4-1, 3-0 CCAA)
Monday, Dec. 16 • 7:00 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
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Game Eight
UC Merced (1-10, 0-0 CPC)
Saturday, Dec. 21 • 7:00 p.m.
RIMAC Arena • La Jolla
Live StatsLive VideoRadio

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 (CCAA) 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 the team's online broadcasts, serves as the play-by-play announcer. Color commentary will be handled by several individuals, including former UCSD players. A full list of games being aired can be found by clicking here.

All UCSD home games will feature a live online 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.

First-year UCSD head coach Eric Olen will be a weekly guest on The Mighty 1090's "Coach" Kentera Show. Olen will normally join John Kentera on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. You can listen to the show on the radio or live online.

After traveling the entire length of California for two California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) games against Humboldt State and Cal Poly Pomona, the Tritons return home for a six-game homestand at RIMAC Arena. UCSD went 1-1 on the road trip, beating the ‘Jacks 75-69 before suffering a setback against the Broncos 70-63. In the win over HSU, the Tritons were down 19 late in the first half before storming back for the victory. UCSD poured in 45 second-half points on 14-of-28 shooting (50%) and went on an 11-0 run at the 10:47 mark to grab the lead for good and escape with a conference road win. The Tritons were led by Drew Dyer’s 19 points on six-of-nine shooting and four-of-seven from deep. Four other Tritons scored in double-figures, including MacKenzie McCullough (15), Aleks Lipovic (12), James McCann (11) and Hunter Walker (10). McCullough added six boards while McCann amassed six assists in the win. In the loss against CPP, UCSD built a 21-point lead before the Broncos rode 49 second-half points to beat the Tritons. Dyer led the Tritons on the night with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Adam Klie scored 13 points for UCSD in the loss.

Dyer was named the CCAA Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 18-24. 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 shot 7-16 from the floor, including a pair of treys, and capitalized on six-of-seven free throw opportunities. His 22 points and 14 rebounds, eight of the offensive side, were game-highs. It marks the first career conference award for Dyer.

UCSD opened its regular and home season on Nov. 15 with a 66-56 win against Daemen College at RIMAC Arena. It was the first career victory for head coach Eric Olen. McCann and Walker each scored a game-high 16 points, a career-best for Walker. McCann dished out seven assists while the Tritons got 11 points from McCullough and 10 rebounds from Dyer. Walker scored the first points of the game on a jumper and the Tritons never relinquished their lead the rest of the way. UCSD, which shot 37.5% for the game, led 32-23 at the half.

UCSD traveled to Phoenix on Nov. 1 to face Grand Canyon at GCU Arena in its final exhibition tune-up, and returned to La Jolla with a 71-63 victory. McCullough led the Tritons in scoring with a game-high 22 points, nailing five of six shots from behind the arc, and shot 8-for-12 from the field overall. He added a team-high seven boards in the win. Three other Tritons finished with 10 or more points, including McCann (17), Lipovic (14) and Walker (11). Walker dished out five assists while Lipovic drained four three-pointers. UCSD netted 12 treys in the game and was 24 of 54 overall from the field, 44.4%. GCU, in its first season as a member of NCAA Division I, was led by Jerome Garrison's 17 points.

In exhibition play on Oct. 25 at Pitt, UCSD had the game tied with 7:46 remaining and trailed by just two points at 4:26, but the Panthers turned up the heat late and came away with a 72-59 win at Petersen Events Center. McCann and McCullough each totaled 13 points for the Tritons, with McCann tacking on five rebounds and five assists. Dyer had a team-high seven boards as UCSD was out-rebounded by just four, 33-29. The Tritons hit 10 three-pointers in the game, three of those coming from Lipovic. Pitt's Talib Zanna recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, both game-highs. Lamar Patterson totaled 16 points, while James Robinson had 10 points, four boards and six assists. The Panthers, heading into their first season playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference, were picked to finish sixth in the 15-team league, behind Duke, Syracuse, North Carolina, Virginia and Notre Dame.

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
(first-place votes)

PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (2013-14 stats listed)
G - #10 James McCann (Sr., 5-11/165): 6 GP, 32.5 MPG, 12.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.6 APG, 0.8 SPG
G - #15 Aleks Lipovic (RFr., 6-4/185): 6 GP, 24.8 MPG, 7.2 PPG, 2.2 RBG, 1.2 APG, 1.8 3PG
F - #23 Hunter Walker (So., 6-4/205): 6 GP, 28.2 MPG, 10.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.2 SPG
F - #11 MacKenzie McCullough (Sr., 6-4/195): 6 GP, 31.0 MPG, 10.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 0.5 BPG
F - #14 Drew Dyer (So., 6-6/210): 6 GP, 32.5 MPG, 16.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 2.6 3PG

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 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.

Head coach Eric Olen earned his first career win on Nov. 15 at RIMAC Arena over Daemen College 66-56 … The Tritons currently sit at a perfect 3-0 inside RIMAC Arena … UCSD leads the CCAA in shooting percentage from three at 37.4 % (55-147) overall … Inside conference play, the Tritons are tied for most threes made at 28 … Dyer is tenth in the league in scoring average at 16.0 ppg overall and tied for fifth inside conference play at 19.0 ppg … Dyer also ranks fourth in rebounding at 7.2 rpg in the conference and third inside CCAA play at 9.3 rpg … Klie ranks first in three point shooting percentage at 60% and sixth in overall field goal percentage at 61.5% … McCann boasts a league best 6.7 assists per game overall and is atop the list inside of conference play at 5.7 apg … The Tritons’ 95 points against St. Katherine on Nov. 27 was the most in a game in regulation since Nov. 4, 2011 against Chestnut Hill when UCSD poured in 102 … UCSD has outscored its opponents 219 to 171 in the first half … Klie scored a career-high 19 points against Academy of Art on Nov. 30 … Lipovic poured in a career-high 12 points against Humboldt State on Dec. 5 … Dyer tallied career-high 14 rebounds against CSUSB on Nov. 13 …  Walker scored a career-high 16 points against Daemen on Nov. 15 … Klie, Lipovic, Duke Doulphus, Michael Robinson, Kevin Harris and Darryl Wong have all made their first career Triton appearances this season … McCann is local product of La Costa Canyon HS in Carlsbad.

Cal State San Bernardino enters Thursday's game with a 4-1 overall record and a 3-0 mark in CCAA play. CSUSB opened its regular season with a 78-74 loss against Washburn on Nov. 9 in Las Vegas. Since the opener, the Coyotes have strung off four consecutive victories against Westmont (88-81), the Tritons (77-73 OT), Cal Poly Pomona (62-53) and Humboldt State (89-79). CSUSB, who was picked to finish first in the CCAA, is led by Kirby Gardner and Lacy Haddock. Gardner, a senior guard, averages a team-high 15.4 points per game and is coming off a 25-point performance against HSU on 7-for-11 shooting. His fellow senior guard, Haddock, averages 14 ppg and six assists per game. Joshua Gouch leads Cal State San Bernardino in rebounding at 5.4 boards per game, while Jordan Burris, a transfer from Nevada, made his CSUSB debut in the game against HSU and grabbed six rebounds and recorded three blocks. The Coyotes are led by head coach Jeff Oliver, who is in his 12th season.

Cal State San Bernardino leads the all-time series, 31-15, dating back to the 1984-85 season. The Coyotes have won the previous 11 match-ups, with UCSD's last victory coming on Feb. 14, 2009 in La Jolla (69-63). The last two meetings have resulted in overtime affairs, most recently on Nov. 21 as CSUSB defended its home court at Coussoulis Arena with a 77-73 win. The Tritons received a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds from Dyer, while McCann scored 19 points for UCSD in the loss. The Wildcats had five players score in double digits, led by 18 from Gardner. Last season, the two teams played a triple overtime thriller in the first round of the CCAA Tournament on March 5, 2013, at Coussoulis Arena. CSUSB advanced with a 102-99 win. For the Tritons, McCann had game- and career-highs with 27 points and 11 assists. Justin Brue finished with a double-double, totaling 22 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Kwame Alexander and Haddock each netted 22 points for the Coyotes. The Tritons held a sizable advantage in rebounds, 48-40, but turned the ball over 19 times to CSUSB's 11. With 11 seconds left in the third extra period, McCann drilled a three-pointer to get UCSD within a point (100-99), but a pair of free throws by Haddock sealed the win for the Coyotes.

UC Merced is currently in its third season of intercollegiate competition, with the inaugural season coming in 2011-12. The Bobcats are a member of the California Pacific Conference (CPC) in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). UC Merced put together a 6-15 campaign in its first season and finished 10-21 last year in 2012-13. The Bobcats currently sit at 1-10 in 2013-14 with the lone win coming against Lindenwood University-Belleville, 97-93. UCM has lost eight consecutive games, most recently to Westmont College 84-59 in Santa Barbara on Dec. 7.  George Idehen is currently averaging a team-best 12.1 points per game to lead the Bobcats offensively, while Michaels Pierick is second on the team with 10.7 ppg. Idehen also contributes a team-high 7.5 rebounds per contest and Mitch Fores facilitates the offense with 3.5 assists per game. John Sykes is currently in his third year at the helm of UC Merced.

Saturday’s meting marks the first ever game between UCSD and UC Merced.

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The Tritons continue the six-game homestand next week as they face Cal State Stanislaus on Friday, Jan. 3 and Chico State on Saturday, Jan. 4. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. for both games at RIMAC Arena.


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