2011 Disney West Coast Tip-Off Classic
Anaheim Convention Center (7,500) • Anaheim, Calif.
Game No. 1
UC San Diego Tritons (0-0) vs. Chesnut Hill Griffins (0-0)
Friday, November 4, 2011 • 5:00 p.m.
Game No. 2
UC San Diego Tritons vs. Western Washington Vikings
Saturday, November 5, 2011 • 2:30 p.m.
Game No. 3
UC San Diego Tritons vs. Dominican University Penguins
Sunday, November 6, 2011 • 6:30 p.m
Catch the Tritons Online
All 12 games of the Disney West Coast Tip-Off Classic will be nationally broadcast live via online radio at www.GoToros.com/Live
. Cal State Dominguez Hills coordinating producer and play-by-play announcer David Smock of the Toro Sports Network and Marc Serber from Fox Sports International will call the action starting at 11:45 a.m. Friday.
First Things First
The UC San Diego men's basketball team will open the 2011-12 regular season this weekend at the Disney West Coast Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim. The Tritons will begin the four-team event against Chestnut Hill (PA) on Friday at 5:00 p.m., before squaring off with Western Washington on Saturday and Dominican on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. All three games will be played at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is located near Disneyland at 800 West Katella Avenue in Anaheim. After this weekend's tournament, the Tritons will face Caltech in a scrimmage on Nov. 13 at 1:00 p.m. at RIMAC Arena, before resuming non-conference play at Academy of Art University on Nov. 19.
Tritons Eye Second Consecutive Disney Classic Crown
UCSD will be looking to capture a second consecutive Disney West Coast Tip-Off Classic title when it heads to Anaheim this weekend. The Tritons went 2-1 at the Disney Classic to begin the 2010-11 season, defeating Lewis University 70-59 and Dixie State 65-57, before dropping a 67-52 decision to Alaska Anchorage on the final day of the event. Despite the loss to the Seawolves, UCSD was crowned the champion by virtue of its victory over Lewis, which also went 2-1 in three games in Anaheim. The Tritons shot the ball extremely well in the tournament, converting 45% (61-137) of their attempts from the field overall.
UCSD Faces Pair of Tough Preseason Tests
The Tritons enter the regular season after facing a pair of Division I opponents in exhibition play over the past week. UCSD opened its preseason slate against defending WAC Champion Utah State on Oct. 28 and then traveled to Berkeley for a matchup with Pac-12 power California on Nov. 2. The Tritons had their hands full in both contests, falling 74-42 to the Aggies and 88-53 to the Golden Bears, but the experience should prove to be beneficial for UCSD going forward. The Tritons didn't shoot particularly well in either contest, converting just 30.6% of their shots against Utah State and 31.3% against Cal, but they held their own on the glass, finishing with a combined 67 boards in the two games. Sophomore guard MacKenzie McCullough averaged 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds off the bench for the Tritons, while senior center Christian Hatch averaged 10 points and six boards. UCSD was without two of its starters in both games as Justin Brue and James McCann sat out with injuries.
2010-11 At A Glance
Despite an impressive start, UCSD finished with an overall record of 11-17 in 2010-11, missing the postseason for the third consecutive year. The Tritons won five of their first six games to open the season -- the program's best start at the NCAA Division II level -- and stood at 8-4 on January 3 after going 3-3 in its first six games in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. UCSD hit a rough patch after that, dropping seven out of its next eight, and recorded just three more wins in the ultra-competitive CCAA. UCSD wrapped up the year with a 6-16 conference record, finishing 11th in the league standings.
The Triton coaching staff has high expectations in 2011-12 as UCSD welcomes back four starters and 10 letterwinners this season. Highlighting the list of returnees is senior center Christian Hatch, who was the Tritons' leading scorer at 14.5 points per game a year ago, while ranking second in rebounding at 6.7. The Henderson, Nev. native also shot a team-high 50% (143-286) from the field. Also returning is junior forward Justin Brue, who had a breakout season as a sophomore last year. A native of Hayward, Calif., Brue averaged 9.2 points and 4.9 rebounds in 28 games, while leading the squad in blocked shots with 24. Sophomore point guard James McCann will look to build off a stellar rookie campaign in which he was named the CCAA Freshman of the Year after averaging 9.7 points and a team-high 2.9 assists. The Tritons will also have the services of guard/forward Dylan Bohanan after he missed last season with a hip injury. Bohanan averaged 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 25 games as a freshman in 2009-10.
UCSD Probable Starters - Notes
G - James McCann • So., 5-11, 165 - Missed both of UCSD's exhibitions with a foot injury.
G - Tyler McGrath • Jr., 6-3, 175 - Tritons top 3-point shooter a year ago, converting 44-of-101 from the arc.
F - Justin Brue • Sr., 6-5, 215 - Sat out exhibition contests with Utah State and Cal due to injury.
F - Ryan Peters • Jr., 6-4, 200 - Averaged 2.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 28 games after transferring from Lehigh.
C - Christian Hatch • Sr., 6-8, 260 - Tallied 14 points and seven boards in UCSD's exhibition with Cal.
Scouting the Tournament Field
• Chestnut Hill College of Philadelphia went 12-16 overall and finished with an 8-9 mark in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) in 2010-11. Among the Griffins' top returners is senior guard Dan Comas, who averaged team-highs of 16.2 points and 10.0 rebounds last season. Backcourt mate Brandon Williams is also back after putting up 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 2010-11.
• Western Washington lost just one starter from last year's team that went 16-11 and placed fourth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) at 11-7. Junior guard John Allen is the Vikings' player to watch , returning after averaging team-highs of 14.3 points, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals last season. He was an All-GNAC Second Team honoree. WWU, which heads to Anaheim on the heels of an 81-68 exhibition victory over Victoria, B.C. on Oct. 29, was picked to finish third in the GNAC standings this season.
• Dominican University went 4-22 in 2010-11 and finished with a 4-12 mark in the Pacific West Conference. Junior center Killian Larson is the Penguins' top returner in 2011-12 after averaging a team-highs of 12.9 points and 6.7 rebounds a year ago. Dominican, which previously competed in the NAIA before joining the PacWest three years ago, was granted full Division II status for this season.
Friday's contest will mark the first ever meeting between UCSD and Chestnut Hill. The Tritons are 0-1 all-time against Western Washington after dropping a 78-76 decision way back on Dec. 29, 1981, and lost their only previous meeting with Dominican as well, suffering a narrow 75-73 defeat on Jan. 8, 2000.
Hatch Among League's Best
Christian Hatch was one of the elite centers in the conference last season and he earned a spot on the All-CCAA Second Team to back it up. In addition to leading the Tritons in scoring and field goal percentage, he recorded a team-high nine double-doubles and scored in double figures a total of 22 times in 2010-11. Hatch ranked seventh in the CCAA in scoring, sixth in rebounding and 13th in field goal percentage. He racked up 26 points and 13 boards to lead the Tritons to a thrilling double-overtime victory over Cal State L.A. on January 13 and scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting in a losing effort against Cal State Stanislaus on February 10.
UCSD Picked to Finish 10th in CCAA Standings
UC San Diego was was selected to finish 10th in the California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season standings, according to the league's annual preseason coaches poll that was released last Thursday. UCSD, which finished 11th in the conference with a 6-16 record last season, received 32 points in the poll. Defending regular season champion Humboldt State was picked to win the 2011-12 CCAA title, receiving nine first place votes and a total of 119 points. Cal State San Bernardino collected 106 points and two first place votes to finish second, while Cal State Dominguez Hills was third after garnering 90 points and the remaining first place vote. Cal Poly Pomona tallied 89 points to finish fourth, followed by Cal State L.A. (77), Cal State Stanislaus (74), Chico State (70), Sonoma State (53) and San Francisco State (47) in fifth through ninth places, respectively.
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