If you're not hitting the road with the team this week, the games can still be followed live. ESPN 1700 AM will broadcast both contests with Jack Cronin calling the action. The broadcasts can also be listened to online at http://www.sandiego1700.com. Friday's tilt at Cal State Dominguez Hills will feature a video stream at http://bit.ly/.zCq22s as well as live stats at http://bit.ly/11gnMp9. Saturday's game at Cal State L.A. will be covered by live stats at http://bit.ly/R6UEeO.
FAREWELL FOR A BIT
This week's contests at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. wrap up a season-long, six-game road swing for UCSD, which began at Cal State Monterey Bay on Jan. 18. This is 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.
McGRATH NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tyler McGrath was named the Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week Monday. McGrath led UCSD in scoring (23.5 points/game), three-pointers (9), free throws (8), and minutes (70) over two league road games last week. 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 Saturday's 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.
RIPE FROM THE STRIPE
UCSD has been dominant from the free throw line as the Tritons lead the CCAA and rank 12th nationally in free throw percentage at 75.9%. Tyler McGrath leads all league players and is 16th in the country at 88.3%. McGrath finished the 2011-12 season as the CCAA's leader in free throw percentage at 83.3%.
SAN FRANCISCO STATE REWIND
Down by just two points (31-29) at the half, UCSD was out-rebounded 20-7 in the second frame and fell by a final score of 70-55 at SFSU last Friday. The Tritons shot 40% from the field, while the Gators countered at 52%. Tyler McGrath had a team-high 15 points and Hunter Walker totaled a career-best 13 for UCSD. SFSU's William Overton, Jr. led all players with 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting.
SONOMA STATE REWIND
Tyler McGrath scored 32 points, one short of his career-high, to lead UCSD to an 85-65 blowout of Sonoma State in Rohnert Park this past Saturday. McGrath was 10-for-15 overall and made six three-pointers, a career-best. Three other Tritons hit double figure point totals including Drew Dyer (19), Justin Brue (12) and James McCann (12). Brue also added a game-high nine rebounds. UCSD was out-shot 55.3% to 54.7%, but made a season-high 13 three-pointers to SSU's five. The Tritons also converted 16 turnovers by the Seawolves into 29 points. Patrick Scott led Sonoma with 22 points.
UCSD's 20-point (85-65) win at Sonoma State last week was by far 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 80's
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 4.0 helpers per game, the second-highest average in the CCAA.
Freshman Hunter Walker gathered a bunch of career-highs at San Francisco State on Jan. 25, including points (13), field goals made (4), field goals attempted (7), field goal percentage (.571), three-pointers made (3), three-pointers attempted (5), three-point field goal percentage (.600), free throws made (2), free throws attempted (2) and assists (2).
A LOOK AT THE TOROS
Cal State Dominguez Hills enters Friday's game with a 10-9 overall record and in sixth place in the CCAA at 6-6. The Toros dropped both of their games last week at home, losing against No. 6 Cal Poly Pomona (57-47) and last place Humboldt State (57-54). They had won their previous three. DeShaun Freeman is the team's leading scorer, averaging 11.7 points per game. Lamine Diame is pulling down 8.2 rebounds per contest while Alex Strauther has a team-high 60 assists.
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN EAGLES
Cal State L.A. brings a 10-6 overall record and a 7-5 CCAA mark into the week. The Golden Eagles are tied for third place with Chico State and San Francisco State and will host Cal State San Bernardino Friday before entertaining UCSD Saturday. CSULA split its games last week at home, defeating Humboldt State (77-70) and losing against Cal Poly Pomona (71-54). The Eagles have won three of their last four and five of their last seven. James Tillman leads the team and ranks third in the conference with his 16.2 points per game average. Jordan Richard is second among league players in rebounding, averaging 9.2 boards a game.
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.
WE'VE GOT SPIRIT, HOW 'BOUT YOU?
A reminder that Spirit Night will take place on Friday, Feb. 8 when the men and women both host Humboldt State at RIMAC Arena. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the women tipping off at 5:30 and the men at 7:30. 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.
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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