Game No. 21
UC San Diego Tritons (9-11, 4-10) vs. San Francisco State Gators (12-6, 10-4)
Thursday, February 3, 2011
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 7:30 pm
Game No. 22
UC San Diego Tritons vs. Cal State Monterey Bay Otters
Saturday, February 5, 2011
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 7:30 pm
Live Audio and Video
UCSD's matchups with San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay will be streamed live at ucsdtritons.com. To access the live broadcast, click here. Thursday's tilt with the Gators will be video only, while Austin Olson will have the call against the Otters on Saturday.
All of the Tritons' home basketball games will be available via Live Stats, as well. Click here to access the main Live Stats menu and follow the action.
First Things First
After two forgettable performances in Northern California last week, the UC San Diego men's basketball team returns to La Jolla for four straight, looking to get things turned around. The Tritons will try to put an end to their five-game losing streak when they take on third place San Francisco State on Thursday night, before welcoming Cal State Monterey Bay to town for a Spirit Night matchup on Saturday. Both games will follow the women's contests and tip-off at approximately 7:30 p.m.
For the Record
UCSD begins the upcoming home stand with an overall record of 9-11 and a 4-10 mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association play after suffering its worst two defeats of the season last week. The Tritons lost an 83-60 decision at the hands of a hot-shooting Sonoma State squad on Thursday and then struggled mightily in the second half of a 69-44 defeat to league-leading Humboldt State on Saturday. UCSD has lost seven of its last eight games and currently sits in 10th place in the CCAA standings. The Tritons are two games out of the eighth and final berth in next month's CCAA Tournament with eight games remaining. Head coach Chris Carlson's squad is 4-4 at RIMAC Arena this season.
Offense Stalls in Loss to HSU
After scoring 60 points on 40% shooting in the loss to Sonoma State on Thursday, UCSD's offense never got going against first place Humboldt State on Saturday. The Tritons scored a season-low 44 points against the Lumberjacks, shooting below 30% from the field for the first time in 2010-11. UCSD's offense has struggled lately, shooting just 37% over the last nine games after the Tritons had shot 44% in the season's first 11 games. If UCSD is going to get back in the hunt for a conference tournament berth, the offense has to get going.
Scouting the Gators and Otters
• San Francisco State enters Thursday's contest with an overall record of 12-6 and a 10-4 mark in the CCAA following impressive home wins over Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona last week. The Gators took down the Coyotes, 81-72, on Friday and then knocked off the defending national champion Broncos, 68-66, on Saturday. SFSU is currently in sole possession of third place in the conference standings, two games behind leaders Cal State Dominguez Hills and Humboldt State. Sophomore guard Nefi Perdomo leads the squad and ranks third in the CCAA averaging 17.3 points per game, while senior guard Marquel Hoskins is putting up 11.7 points and team-highs of 5.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists. The Gators feature the league's third-ranked offense at 73.5 points per game, while the defense ranks ninth, allowing 68.5.
• After Thursday's matchup with San Francisco State, UCSD will face Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday. The Otters begin the week with an overall record of 6-12 and a 4-10 tally in conference play after losing to Cal Poly Pomona (74-65) and defeating Cal State San Bernardino (82-80) last week. Sophomore guard Davion Berry is the CCAA's leading scorer with a season average of 22.1 points per game, while also hauling down 5.3 rebounds and dishing out 2.6 assists. Berry is a serious deep threat as well, shooting just under 40% from the three-point line. Monterey Bay currently ranks fifth in the conference in scoring offense at 68.2 points per game, while the Otter defense is allowing a league-worst 76.1. CSUMB will take on Cal State East Bay on Thursday, before coming to La Jolla for Saturday's tilt with UCSD.
UCSD holds a slim 12-10 advantage in the all-time series with San Francisco State, but has just six wins in 14 previous meetings with Cal State Monterey Bay. The Tritons lost to both squads earlier this season, dropping a 75-72 decision with the Otters on December 3 and then suffering a 78-60 defeat at the hands of the Gators the following night. Christian Hatch and Casey Ryan recorded doubles-doubles in a losing effort against Monterey Bay.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - James McCann • Fr., 5-10, 165 - Finished with 10 points and four assists in loss to Humboldt State.
G - Justin Brue • So., 6-4, 205 - Blocked four shots against the Lumberjacks on Saturday.
G - Casey Ryan • Sr., 6-4, 195 - Leads the CCAA in rebounding at 9.2 boards per game.
F - Ryan Peters • So., 6-3, 200 - Started all 20 games this season.
C - Christian Hatch • Jr., 6-8, 245 - Averaging a team-high 13.9 points on 50% shooting.
Center of Attention
Junior center Christian Hatch has put together a tremendous season so far in 2010-11. He enters Thursday's matchup with San Francisco State averaging a team-high 13.9 points per game, while also bringing down 6.9 rebounds. He is shooting 50% from the field, which also leads the squad, and has a total of seven of doubles-doubles this season. He currently ranks seventh in the CCAA in scoring and sixth in rebounding. The Henderson, Nev. native was excellent in last week's loss to Sonoma State, finishing with game-highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. He was 7-of-19 from the floor and and hit 5-of-6 at the free throw line.
Casey Ryan is the lone senior on UCSD's roster in 2010-11 and he is having his finest season yet, averaging career-highs of 12.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists through 20 games. He is shooting 43% from the field and has scored in double figures 13 times this season. The Jackson native averaged 10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in UCSD's two road games last week, shooting 56% (9-16) from the field and hitting all three of his free throws for the week. He tallied 12 points, six boards, two assists and a steal in the Tritons' 69-44 setback at Humboldt State on Saturday.
Freshman point guard James McCann has been a key piece for UCSD this season as well, starting all 20 games in his first year as a Triton. The Carlsbad native is currently the team's third-leading scorer at 10.0 points per game, while dishing out a team-high 3.0 assists. He is shooting just under 40% from the field to lead UCSD's rookies and has scored 10 points or more on 12 occasions this season. After tallying eight points, four boards and two assists in the loss to Sonoma, McCann finished with 10 points, three rebounds and four helpers against Humboldt.
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 10th, respectively. Cal State East Bay, which is not eligible for the conference title, finished 12th with 12 points.
The Tritons currently rank 10th in the CCAA in scoring offense at 62.2 points per game, while the defense ranks fifth, holding the opposition to 62.9... UCSD's current five-game losing streak matches the team's longest skid from a year ago. The Tritons dropped five straight from January 21 through February 4 in 2009-10, but bounced back to win three of their next four over the next three weeks... UCSD is just 1-3 in its previous four home games, with all three losses coming by eight points or less... The Tritons are 9-4 when they out-rebound their opponent this season. UCSD has lost the rebounding battle in three of its last five games...Saturday will be "Spirit Night" on the UCSD campus with all six colleges competing for the Cup of Cheer...After squaring off with the Gators and Otters this week, the Tritons will host Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State February 10-12 in their final two home games of the season.