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Casey Ryan and the Tritons defeated NDNU at the Thanksgiving Classic in 2008.
UCSD Heads to Belmont For Notre Dame de Namur Thanksgiving Classic This Weekend
Release: Saturday 11/24/2010 
by UCSD
2010 Notre Dame de Namur Thanksgiving Classic • Belmont, Calif.
Game No. 5
UC San Diego Tritons (3-1) at Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts (0-2)
Friday, November 26, 2010
Walter Gleason Gym (800) • 7:00 pm

Game No. 6
UC San Diego Tritons vs. Simon Fraser Clan
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Walter Gleason Gym (800) • 3:00 pm

Live Stats
Live stats for both of UCSD's games at the NDNU Thanksgiving Classic are available here.

Live Video
All four games at this weekend's tournament will streamed live and the broadcast can be accessed here.

What's On Tap
Following a sound victory over Academy of Art on Sunday, the UC San Diego men's basketball team will look to continue its hot start at the Fourth Annual Notre Dame de Namur Thanksgiving Classic in Belmont this weekend. UCSD will take on NDNU and Simon Fraser during the two-day event, which will be held at Walter Gleason Gym on the Notre Dame de Namur campus. The Tritons will face the host Argonauts on Friday at 7:00 p.m., before squaring off with the Clan in a 3:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday. The tournament field will also feature San Francisco State, with the Gators facing Simon Fraser on Friday and NDNU on Saturday.

For the Record
UCSD heads to Belmont with an overall record of 3-1 after defeating Academy of Art, 81-61 at RIMAC Arena on Sunday. The Tritons won two out of three games at the Disney West Coast Tip Off Classic in Anaheim November 12-14 and have put together the program's best start through four games in 11 seasons at the Division II level. In fact, you have to go back to 1998-99, when UCSD opened the season 9-0, to find a better start.

UCSD Bullies AAU in Home Opener
The Tritons turned in a dominant performance in their 2010-11 home opener on Sunday, cruising to a comfortable 20-point win over visiting Academy of Art. After missing 12 out of 16 shots to open the game, UCSD found its form and wound up shooting 46% (25-54) from the field and 55% (6-11) from the three-point line. The Tritons held a commanding 47-27 rebounding advantage and outscored the Urban Knights 36-6 in the paint. Academy of Art shot just 35% from the field, converting 18-of-51 shots. The game was tied at 15 with six minutes remaining in the first half, but UCSD closed the half on a 14-5 run and never looked back.

Scouting the Tournament Field
• Notre Dame de Namur enters Friday's matchup with an overall record of 0-2 after losing to Sonoma State and Minnesota State-Mankato at the Ron Logsdon Basketball Classic in Rohnert Park over the weekend. The Argonauts lost an 89-74 decision to the host Seawolves on Friday and then suffered an 88-63 setback to the Mavericks on Saturday. Junior point guard Jeff Ford averaged a team-high 22.5 points in the two losses, while junior guard Tyler Fricke posted averages of 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds. The Argonauts shot a combined 44% against Sonoma and Minnesota State, while allowing the opposition to shoot 52%.

• Simon Fraser heads to Belmont with an 0-1 mark after suffering a 92-79 defeat at the hands of Hawaii Pacific in its season opener on November 17 in Monmouth, Ore. Junior guard Ricky Berry scored a game-high 29 points on 8-of-16 shooting in the loss, while backcourt mate Justin Brown put up 17. HPU shot 50% from the field in the game and outrebounded SFU to the tune of 43-31. The Clan wrapped up the game at 38% from the field. Simon Fraser is in its first season as an NCAA Division II member and will compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2010-11. The Clan posted an overall record of 18-12 as a member of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport last season.

Head-To-Head with NDNU, SFU
UCSD is 1-0 all-time against Notre Dame de Namur after defeating the Argonauts at the NDNU Thanksgiving Classic in 2008-09. Jordan Lawley led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Alan Husted finished with 16 points and five assists. The Tritons shot 54% from the field, while holding NDNU to 42%. UCSD has also won both of its previous meetings with Simon Fraser, with both matchups coming way back in the 1968-69 campaign. The Tritons defeated the clan 94-84 early in the season and then recorded an 82-73 victory two weeks later.

UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - James McCann • Fr., 5-10, 165 - Averaging team-highs of 14.0 points and 3.8 assists in four games.
G - Justin Brue • So., 6-4, 205 - Led all scorers with 18 points in Sunday's win over Academy of Art.
G - Casey Ryan • Sr., 6-4, 195 - UCSD's leading rebounder at 6.5 boards per game.
F - Ryan Peters • So., 6-3, 200 - Hit 3-of-5 from the three-point line and finished with 13 points against AAU.
C - Christian Hatch • Jr., 6-8, 245 - Scored in double figures in three out of four games this season.

Brue's Career-High Leads UCSD Past UAA
After scoring a total of 15 points in UCSD's first three games of the season, sophomore forward Justin Brue erupted for a career-high 18 in Sunday's win over Academy of Art. The Hayward, Calif. native converted 7-of 16 shots from the field and also finished with a season-best nine rebounds in 25 minutes. Brue's 18 shattered his previous high of seven points, which he has reached on several occasions, including in the loss to Alaska Anchorage on November 14. He is now averaging 8.3 points and 5.8 boards on the season.

McCann Can
Freshman point guard James McCann has been very impressive in his first four games as a Triton. The La Costa Canyon High School product enters Friday's matchup with Notre Dame de Namur averaging team-highs of 14.0 points and 3.8 assists in just under 28 minutes per game. After finishing with 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting in UCSD's loss to Alaska Anchorage on November 14, he had another outstanding effort against Academy of Art on Sunday, tallying 16 points and a season-best seven assists. Hit hit 5-of-7 attempts from the floor and sank all four of his free throws to post his fourth consecutive double-digit scoring effort.

Front and Center
Junior center Christian Hatch has had a fantastic start to the season, averaging 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds through four games. The Henderson, Nev. native recorded his fifth career double-double against Academy of Art on Sunday, finishing with 10 points and 10 boards in 24 minutes. Hatch scored nine of his 10 points in the decisive second half and finished 3-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-6 at the foul line. Hatch has now scored 10 points or more in three out of UCSD's four games this season, including a season-high 20 on 8-of-11 shooting in the Tritons' impressive win over Dixie State on November 13.

Tritons Picked to Finish 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 is shooting 45% (86-191) from the field through four games this season... The Tritons shot 41% in 2009-10... The Tritons are 3-0 this season when they control the glass after outrebounding Academy of Art by 20 on Sunday... UCSD was minus-three on the glass in its 67-52 loss to Alaska Anchorage at the Disney Classic... The Tritons made a season-high six three-pointers in the win over the Urban Knights... UCSD finished 6-of-11 from behind the arc, which was also a season-best at 54.4%... The Tritons are now shooting 38.6% (17-44) from downtown on the season... After averaging 16 turnovers in its first two games, UCSD has averaged just 12 over the last two... Following this weekend's games against the Argonauts and the Clan, UCSD will open California Collegiate Athletic Association play on the road at Cal State Monterey Bay and San Francisco State on December 3 and 4... Both contests will tipoff at approximately 7:30 p.m.

 

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