Game No. 23
UC San Diego Tritons (10-12, 5-11) vs. Cal State Stanislaus Warriors (8-12, 6-10)
Thursday, February 10, 2011
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 7:30 pm
Game No. 24
UC San Diego Tritons vs. Chico State Wildcats
Saturday, February 12, 2011
RIMAC Arena (5,000) • 7:30 pm
Live Audio and Video
UCSD's matchups with Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State will be streamed live at ucsdtritons.com. To access the live broadcast, click here. Craig Elsten, who is in his second season as the voice of Triton Basketball, will handle the play-by-play duties against the Warriors on Thursday, while Austin Olson will have the call against the Wildcats on Saturday.
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First Things First
After splitting two games with San Francisco State and Cal State Monterey Bay, the UC San Diego men's basketball team will look to close out its 2010-11 home slate with a couple of victories as Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State are set to pay a visit to RIMAC Arena this week. The Tritons will take on the Warriors on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., before squaring off with the Wildcats at the same time on Saturday. Both games will follow the women's contests, which tip-off at 5:30.
For the Record
UCSD enters Thursday's tilt with Cal State Stanislaus with an overall record of 10-12 and a 5-11 mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association play after going 1-1 at home last week. The Tritons outlasted third place San Francisco State, 87-82, in double overtime on Thursday, but let a 12-point first half lead slip away in a 70-60 loss to Cal State Monterey Bay on Spirit Night on Saturday. The win over the Gators snapped a five-game skid for UCSD, but the Tritons have lost eight of their last 10 to slip to 11th place in the CCAA standings with just six games remaining. Head coach Chris Carlson's squad is currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the conference playoff picture, but the Tritons are just one game out of a three-way gridlock for the eighth and final berth in next month's CCAA Tournament.
Can't They All Be 50?
The Tritons have faired well in overtime games this season, with each of their last two victories coming in double OT. After erasing a late five-point deficit to take down Cal State L.A., 76-73, in double overtime on January 13, UCSD accomplished the feat again on Saturday, scoring the games' final 10 points to comeback from an 82-77 hole against San Francisco State. The Tritons shot 45.5% from the field and out-rebounded the Gators, 50-36, on Thursday to snap a three-game home losing streak. Christian Hatch scored 24 points to lead a season-high five players in double figures for UCSD.
Scouting the Warriors and Wildcats
• Cal State Stanislaus comes to town with an overall record of 8-12 and a 6-10 mark in the CCAA after suffering a pair of losses at Humboldt State and Sonoma State last week. The Warriors dropped a 77-67 decision to the league-leading Lumberjacks in Arcata on Thursday and then suffered a 67-59 setback at the hands of the Seawolves on Saturday. Along with Cal State Monterey Bay and Sonoma State, Cal State Stanislaus is currently tied for eighth place in the league standings following those two defeats. Junior forward Reggie Jones is the team's leading scorer at 14.4 points per game, while junior guard Evan Scott is putting up 10.6 points and hauling down a team-high 5.8 rebounds per night. The Warriors rank dead last in the conference offensively at 61.5 points per game, while the defense ranks sixth, allowing 64.2.
• After Thursday's matchup with Cal State Stanislaus, the Tritons will face off with Chico State in their final appearance at RIMAC Arena this season. The Wildcats begin the week with an overall record of 11-9 and a 7-9 tally in conference play after defeating Sonoma State (80-77) and losing to Humboldt State (65-60) on the road last weekend. Senior forward Roderick Hawkins is averaging a team-high 12.6 points on 52% shooting and bringing down 5.7 boards, while freshman guard Sean Park is having a nice rookie campaign, averaging 11.9 points and 4.0 rebounds. Chico State currently ranks sixth in the conference in scoring offense at 67.7 points per game, while the Wildcat defense is allowing 66.1, a figure that ranks seventh.
UCSD holds a narrow 16-14 advantage in the all-time series with Cal State Stanislaus, but has won just 10 of 23 previous meetings with Chico State. The Tritons lost to both squads earlier this season, dropping a 68-55 decision with the Wildcats on January 7, before suffering a 57-55 defeat in a tightly contested affair with the Warriors the following night. Christian Hatch and Tyler McGrath combined to score 30 points against CSUS, but it wasn't enough.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - James McCann • Fr., 5-10, 165 - Finished with 11 points, four boards and six assists in win over SFSU.
G - Justin Brue • So., 6-4, 205 - Scored a career-best 20 points against the Gators.
G - Casey Ryan • Sr., 6-4, 195 - CCAA rebounding leader at 9.6 boards per game.
F - Ryan Peters • So., 6-3, 200 - Shooting 60% from the field over the last three games.
C - Christian Hatch • Jr., 6-8, 245 - Averaging a team-high 14.6 points on 50% shooting.
Front and Center
Junior center Christian Hatch is in the midst of a tremendous season in 2010-11 and enters Thursday's matchup with Cal State Stanislaus averaging a team-high 14.6 points and bringing down 7.0 rebounds per game. He is shooting an even 50% from the field, which also leads the squad, and has a total of eight of doubles-doubles in 2010-11. He currently ranks sixth in the CCAA in both scoring and rebounding. The Henderson, Nev. native tallied 20 points, 14 rebounds and a pair of assists in the Tritons' loss to Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday after scoring a game-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the double overtime win over San Francisco State on Thursday.
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 12.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists through 22 games. He is shooting 43% from the field and has scored in double figures 15 times this season. The Jackson native averaged 14.5 points and 14.5 rebounds in UCSD's two games last week, shooting 41% from the field. He recorded his seventh double-double of the season in the win over San Francisco State on Thursday, finishing with 10 points and a career-high-tying 20 boards in 43 minutes. He also dished out a season-high five assists against the Gators.
Just Brue It
Sophomore forward Justin Brue had a big hand in the Tritons' double overtime win over San Francisco State last week, scoring a career-high 20 points to go with five rebounds and three blocked shots. He finished 10-of-16 from the floor, eclipsing his previous high of 18 points that came in a win over Academy of Art back in November. On the season, Brue is averaging 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game. He is shooting 39% from the field and has scored in double figures on eight occasions.
Tritons Picked to Finish 11the 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 63.2 points per game, while the defense ranks fifth, holding the opposition to 64.1... UCSD is averaging 71.5 points per game in the team's 10 wins and just 56.2 points in the 12 losses...The Tritons have a rebounding margin of +6.9 this season, which ranks second in the conference behind only Cal State Dominguez Hills at +9.2. UCSD is 10-5 when out-rebounding the opposition this season... Head coach Chris Carlson has had the luxury of using the same starting five in all 22 games this season... Saturday night will be Senior Night at RIMAC Arena, with UCSD's Casey Ryan being recognized in a special ceremony prior to the game... After taking on Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State this week, the Tritons will wrap up the regular season with four straight on the road, beginning with stops at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. February 18-19.