SAN FRANCISCO -
Nefi Perdomo scored a game-high 16 points and Tim Pratt finished with 15 to lead San Francisco State to a 78-60 win over UC San Diego in a CCAA matchup on Saturday night at SFSU's Main Gymnasium.
The Tritons struggled out of the gates for the second night in a row, finishing with just six field goals and falling behind by 21 points in the opening half.
SFSU shot 55% from field and hit 6-of-13 from the three-point arc to hand UCSD its second consecutive loss to open California Collegiate Athletic Association play. The Gators improve to 5-1 overall on the season and 3-0 in conference, while the Tritons fall to 5-3 overall and 0-2 against league foes.
Casey Ryan posted his second consecutive double-double after finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the rest of UCSD's starters scored just 17 points combined. Christian Hatch, who was averaging a team-high 12.9 points entering Saturday's game, was held to just two points, while James McCann failed to reach double figures for the first time as a Triton after finishing with seven.
With the starters struggling, UCSD's bench did its part, outscoring SFSU's reserves 28-21. Ryan Wheeler led the charge, finishing with a career-high 14 points in 14 minutes. He was 3-of-4 from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 at the free throw line.
After shooting just 6-for-20 and falling behind 13 in the first half of Friday's 75-72 loss to Cal State Monterey Bay, the Tritons converted just 6-of-16 attempts from the floor on Saturday. UCSD had 13 first half turnovers and trailed 38-19 at the break.
"They really had us on our heels from the opening tip and we never really got going," head coach Chris Carlson said. "We've got to find a way to get better starts and weather the storm and little bit better until we settle in to our game, but that's a very good team and they played well tonight."
San Francisco State outscored UCSD 9-1 over the game's first four and a half minutes and went on to take its biggest lead at 32-11 following a Perdomo three-pointer with five minutes left in the half.
The Tritons would cut the deficit to 13 at 44-31 following a layup by Colin Porter and a McCann jumper four minutes into the second stanza, but UCSD would get no closer than that. Two free throws from Wheeler made it 59-46 with 9:42 to play, but Phoenix O'Rourke hit a three, Marquel Hoskins sank two at the line and Perdomo scored in transition to push the SFSU advantage to 66-46.
Perdomo was just 4-of-10 from the field, but converted 7-of-10 at the line to lead three players in double figures for the Gators. Pratt hit six of his seven shots in the game, including all three of his three-point attempts, while Hoskins added 10 points and seven rebounds.
SFSU outscored UCSD 34-18 in the paint and held a narrow 28-27 rebounding advantage. The Tritons won the second half, 41-40, and wound up shooting 41% for the game.
UCSD will now take the next nine days off for final exams before retuning to action on December 14 against Cal State East Bay in its CCAA home opener. The Tritons and Pioneers will square off at approximately 7:30 p.m. at RIMAC Arena.