TURLOCK, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's
basketball team was never able to get its offense going and it proved costly,
as the Tritons suffered a 69-44 drubbing at the hands of first place Humboldt
State on Saturday night at Lumberjack Arena.
finished the game at a season-low 29.6% shooting from the field, while Humboldt
connected on 53% of its attempts. The Lumberjacks outscored the Tritons 42-22
in the second half to pick up the win and claim a share of first place in the
California Collegiate Athletic Association standings.
shoot the ball very well tonight at all and it hurt us," head coach Chris Carlson said. "That's a very good team and they're always tough to beat on
their home floor. We just didn't do what we needed to do to put ourselves in a
position to win."
finished with game-highs of 17 points and eight rebounds for the Lumberjacks,
who improve to 15-2 on the season and 11-2 in the CCAA. With Cal State
Dominguez Hills' loss to Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday, HSU moved into a tie
with the Toros atop the league standings.
added 13 points, seven boards and four assists for the Lumberjacks, while
Scott Clark added 10 points off the bench.
scored 12 points and James McCann put in 10 for the Tritons, who suffered their
fifth straight loss and seventh defeat in eight games. UCSD entered play this week
in a three-way tie for the eighth and final CCAA Tournament berth, but
consecutive losses to Sonoma State and Humboldt State dropped the Tritons to 10th
in the league standings.
definitely still in this thing, we just have to keep fighting," Carlson
continued. "We're going to get back to work on Monday and we're going to get
ready for San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay. We've got four home
games coming up and we've got to be ready to bounce back next week."
offense has struggled of late, with UCSD finishing below 40% from the field in
three consecutive games. After shooting 39.6% in the 83-60 loss to the
Seawolves on Thursday, the Tritons converted just 16 field goals and finished
below 30% on Saturday.
with Humboldt in the first half, UCSD missed its first six shots of the second
period and the Lumberjacks quickly pushed their advantage to 10 at 32-22 on a
bucket by Kyle Baxter with 16:33 remaining.
and Ryan scored back-to-back baskets to bring the Tritons to within six, but the
Lumberjacks answered with a 10-4 spurt to take a 42-30 lead with a little more
than 13 minutes left.
able to shave four points off the deficit, but it was all Humboldt down the
stretch as the Lumberjacks outscored the Tritons 20-6 over the final 10 minutes
to pull away. HSU scored eight straight at one point and Emmett Duvall's layup
with 1:42 left gave the home team its largest margin at 67-42.
finished 5-of-9 from the field and also tallied six rebounds and two assists,
while McCann added three boards and four assists.
frontcourt struggled all evening as Christian Hatch and Brue were a
combined 2-for-19 from the field.
face another stiff test when third place San Francisco State comes to town next
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Tritons will then host Cal State Monterey Bay on
Saturday on Spirit Night.