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Justin Brue and the Tritons will play three times in three days, looking to start the season with a strong showing in Anaheim.
UCSD Opens Regular Season at Disney West Coast Tip Off Classic This Weekend
Release: Wednesday 11/10/2010 

2010 Disney West Coast Tipoff Classic
Anaheim Convention Center (7,500) • Anaheim, Calif.
Game No. 1
UC San Diego Tritons (0-0) vs. Lewis Univeristy Flyers (0-0)
Friday, November 12, 2010 • 2:30 pm

Game No. 2
UC San Diego Tritons vs. Dixie State College Red Storm
Saturday, November 13, 2010 • 5:00 pm

Game No. 3
UC San Diego Tritons vs. Alaska Anchorage Seawolves
Sunday, November 14, 2010 • 1:30 pm

Live Video
Sunday's game against Alaska Anchorage will be streamed live by IBN Sports Group for a charge of $4.95. The cost covers all games that day, including the UCSD's women's game against Grand Canyon.

Live Stats
Live stats for all three of UCSD's games this weekend are available here.

First Things First
The UC San Diego men’s basketball team will open the 2010-11 regular season this weekend at the Disney West Coast Tip Off Classic in Anaheim. The Tritons will begin the four-team event against Lewis University on Friday at 2:30 p.m., before squaring off with Dixie State on Saturday and Alaska Anchorage on Sunday at 5:00 and 1:30, respectively. All three games will be played at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is located near Disneyland at 800 West Katella Avenue in Anaheim. After this weekend’s slate, the Tritons will return to RIMAC Arena to face Academy of Art in their regular season home opener on Sunday, November 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Tritons Wrap Up Preseason with Win Over UC Santa Cruz

After losing a 77-52 decision in a exhibition matchup with UC Irvine on November 2, UCSD bounced back with a 73-67 home victory over UC Santa Cruz on Saturday night to conclude its preseason schedule. Senior guard Casey Ryan scored a game-high 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Tritons, while sophomore guard Tyler McGratch connected on all five of his three-point attempts and finished with 19 points. UCSD shot 48.8% (20-41) for the game, including a blistering 58% in the first half, while limiting UCSC to 40% (20-50) shooting on the other end. UCSD led 40-22 at the break and extended its lead to as many as 20 in the second half, before settling for the six-point win.

Scouting the Tournament Field
• Lewis University returns eight letterwinners and four starters from last year’s team that finished with an overall record of 17-12 and lost to Drury, 82-63, in the Great Lake Valley Conference Quarterfinals. The Flyers, who were picked to finish second in the GLVC North Division this season, head to Anaheim on the heels of a huge 70-68 exhibition victory over Division I DePaul on Sunday. Junior piont guard Chris McClellan scored 17 points in the win, while senior guard Dennis Thomas Jr. added 14. Lewis shot 52% from the floor against the Blue Demons.

• Dixie State welcomes back five letterwinners and two starters from its 2009-10 squad that posted an overall record of 20-6 and claimed a share of the Pacific West Conference title for the first time in program history at 14-2. Despite their impressive regular season, the Red Storm went on to lose to eventual national champion Cal Poly Pomona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. DSC has gone 2-1 in three exhibition games this season, defeating Whittier College (87-59) and Carroll College (81-77), while falling to Azusa Pacific (89-65). Senior forward Tom Whitehead led four players in double figures with 19 points in Monday’s win over Carroll, while junior forward Griffon Jones tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds. 

• Alaska Anchorage returns four starters from last year’s team that went 17-10 overall and finished fifth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference at 8-8. Among the returnees is senior guard Brandon Walker, who was an All-GNAC First Team selection after averaging 15.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 2009-10, and senior forward Casey Robinson, who averaged 12.0 points and drained 66 threes en route to all-league honorable mention accolades as a junior. The Sewolves’ preseason featured a 111-68 triumph over their Alumni squad on Saturday. 

This weekend’s games will mark the first-ever meeting between UCSD and both Lewis and Dixie State. The Tritons are 0-1 all-time against Alaska Anchorage, losing an 80-60 decision in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional in Alaska in 2008.

UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - James McCann • Fr., 5-10, 165 - Finished with 11 points and six assists in exhibition win over UC Santa Cruz.
G - Justin Brue • So., 6-4, 205 - Hit all six of his shots for 13 points at UC Irvine on November 2.
G - Casey Ryan • Sr., 6-4, 195 - Led UCSD averaging 14.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in two exhibition games.
F - Ryan Peters • So., 6-3, 200 - Enters first season as a Triton after transferring from Lehigh.
C - Christian Hatch • Jr., 6-8, 245 - Finished with 16 points, eight boards, and two assists in exhibition loss to Anteaters.

2009-10 At A Glance
After advancing to postseason play in head coach Chris Carlson’s first two seasons at the helm, UCSD finished with an overall record of 8-17 in 2009-10, marking the program’s lowest win total since the 2002-03 squad went 7-20. After losing eight of 10 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play in the month of January, UCSD went 4-2 in February to stay in contention for a third consecutive CCAA Tournament berth, but a pair of losses to Sonoma State and Humboldt State the final week of the regular season dashed the Tritons’ postseason hopes. UCSD finished ninth in the league standings at 9-15. 

Looking Ahead
UCSD returns two starters and nine total letterwinners in 2010-11. Highlighting the list of returnees is junior center Christian Hatch, who was the Tritons’ second-leading scorer and rebounder last season at 8.8 points and 5.4 boards per game. The Henderson, Nev. native was also among UCSD’s shooting leaders at over 45% from the field a year ago. Also returning this season is senior guard Casey Ryan, who averaged 6.5 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game as a junior, while leading the team in field goal percentage at 52%. Sophomore guard Justin Brue is expected to make a big contribution this season after posting averages of 3.8 points and 4.8 rebounds as a rookie, while second-year guard Tyler McGrath should be among the Tritons’ top shooting threats after hitting 50% of his three-point attempts in limited action in 2009-10.

The New Class
Coach Carlson will call upon several new faces this season, as the 2010-11 roster features a total of six newcomers. Freshman point guard James McCann (Carlsbad, CA/La Costa Canyon HS) earned the starting nod in both of UCSD’s exhibition contests, averaging 5.5 points and three assists, while Lehigh transfer Ryan Peters (Santa Clarita, CA) was also in the starting lineup for both games. Another player to watch will be Mike Meza, a transfer from Moorpark College who led the Western State Conference in scoring at 19.5 points per game last season.

Tritons Picked to Finished 11th in CCAA Coaches Poll
UCSD was selected to finish 11th in the California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season standings, according to the league’s preseason coaches poll that was released last month. The Tritons, who finished ninth in the conference last season at 7-15, received 21 points in the poll, 10 behind 10th place Cal State Monterey Bay. Defending national champion Cal Poly Pomona was picked to win the 2010-11 CCAA regular season title, receiving 10 first place votes and a total of 120 points. Cal State Dominguez Hills collected 100 points and earned one first place vote to finish second, while Cal State San Bernardino was third after garnering 98 points. Humboldt State, which earned the remaining first place vote, tallied 95 points to finish fourth, followed by Chico State (85), Sonoma State (69), Cal State Stanislaus (58), San Francisco State (52), Cal State L.A. (51), and Cal State Monterey Bay (31) coming in fifth through ninth, respectively. Cal State East Bay, which is not eligible for the conference title, finished 12th with 12 points.

Quick Hits
UCSD led the CCAA in three-point field goal percentage defense in 2009-10, holding the opposition to less than 30% … UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz shot a combined 13-of-37 (35%) from behind the arc in the Tritons’ two exhibition matchups… UCSD was also among the league leaders in rebounding last season, ranking third in the conference at 34.6 rebounds per game… The Tritons held a 79-53 rebounding advantage in their two preseason contests… UCSD will play just one of its first eight games at home… The Tritons were 3-9 on the road last season… UCSD will be without All-CCAA First Team honoree Jordan Lawley in 2010-11… Lawley led the conference in scoring at 20.2 points per game as a senior in 2009-10… The UC San Diego women’s team will also be taking part in this weekend’s Disney Tipoff Classic, facing Alaska Anchorage, Texas Woman’s University and Grand Canyon during the three-day event.

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