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UCSD students and children under seven are admitted free to all regular season home games. Tickets for all games at RIMAC Arena are available at the main entrance on game day. General admission prices are $10 for adults (ages seven and up) and $5 for seniors (ages 65 and up), visiting students and UCSD Alumni Association members. For info on group tickets or other questions, please call 858.534.2508.
For the third consecutive season, a majority of UCSD's men's basketball games will be broadcast by ESPN Radio 1700 AM. A total of 17 non-conference and California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) games will be on air, including all home league games and select road conference games. Craig Elsten, in his fifth season as the voice of Triton men's and women's basketball during the team's online broadcasts, serves as the play-by-play announcer. Color commentary will be handled by several individuals, including former UCSD players. A full list of games being aired can be found by clicking here.
All UCSD home games will feature a live online video stream that will be coupled with the audio from the ESPN Radio 1700 AM broadcast. You can access the video/audio feed by clicking here. In addition, all home games will be covered by live stats, which can be viewed by clicking here.
COACH AND COACH
First-year UCSD head coach Eric Olen will be a weekly guest on The Mighty 1090's "Coach" Kentera Show. Olen will normally join John Kentera on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. Due to the team playing this Wednesday, Olen was already on the show on Monday night. You can listen to the show on the radio or live online.
Drew Dyer was named the CCAA Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 18-24, as announced Monday. Dyer, a 6'6" forward, recorded his first double-double of the season in a near victory over league favorite Cal State San Bernardino last Thursday. The Tritons fell in overtime, 77-73, despite 22 points and a career-high 14 rebounds from the sophomore. The Aurora, Colo. native shot 7-16 from the floor, including a pair of treys, and capitalized on six-of-seven free throw opportunities. His 22 points and 14 rebounds, eight of the offensive side, were game-highs. It marks the first career conference award for Dyer.
UCSD opened its regular season on Nov. 15 with a 66-56 win against Daemen College at RIMAC Arena. It was the first career victory for head coach Eric Olen. James McCann and Hunter Walker each scored a game-high 16 points, a career-best for Walker. McCann dished out seven assists while the Tritons got 11 points from MacKenzie McCullough and 10 rebounds from Dyer, which matched his career-best. Gerald Beverly paced the Wildcats with 13 points and Uchechi Ogbonna led all players with 11 boards. Walker scored the first points of the game on a jumper and the Tritons never relinquished their lead the rest of the way. UCSD, which shot 37.5% for the game, led 32-23 at the half.
UCSD traveled to Phoenix on Nov. 1 to face Grand Canyon at GCU Arena in its final exhibition tune-up, and returned to La Jolla with a 71-63 victory. McCullough led the Tritons in scoring with a game-high 22 points, nailing five of six shots from behind the arc, and shot 8-for-12 from the field overall. He added a team-high seven boards in the win. Three other Tritons finished with 10 or more points, including McCann (17), Aleks Lipovic (14) and Walker (11). Walker dished out five assists while Lipovic drained four three-pointers. UCSD netted 12 treys in the game and was 24 of 54 overall from the field, 44.4%. GCU, in its first season as a member of NCAA Division I, was led by Jerome Garrison's 17 points.
TRITONS HANG WITH PITT BUT FALL LATE
In exhibition play on Oct. 25 at Pitt, UCSD had the game tied with 7:46 remaining and trailed by just two points at 4:26, but the Panthers turned up the heat late and came away with a 72-59 win at Petersen Events Center. McCann and McCullough each totaled 13 points for the Tritons, with McCann tacking on five rebounds and five assists. Dyer had a team-high seven boards as UCSD was out-rebounded by just four, 33-29. The Tritons hit 10 three-pointers in the game, three of those coming from Lipovic. Pitt's Talib Zanna recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, both game-highs. Lamar Patterson totaled 16 points, while James Robinson had 10 points, four boards and six assists. The Panthers, heading into their first season playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference, were picked to finish sixth in the 15-team league, behind Duke, Syracuse, North Carolina, Virginia and Notre Dame.
2013-14 CCAA PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Cal State San Bernardino (6), 115 points
2. Cal Poly Pomona (6), 112 points
3. San Francisco State, 92 points
4. Chico State, 91 points
5. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 86 points
6. Cal State L.A., 75 points
7. Sonoma State, 60 points
8. Humboldt State, 48 points
9. Cal State Stanislaus, 40 points
10. Cal State East Bay, 32 points
11. UC San Diego, 24 points
12. Cal State Monterey Bay, 17 points
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS (2012-13 stats listed)
G - #10 James McCann (Sr., 5-11/165): 26 GP, 30.8 MPG, 13.6 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 4.8 APG, 0.8 SPG
G - #15 Aleks Lipovic (RFr., 6-4/185): Redshirt
F - #23 Hunter Walker (So., 6-4/205): 23 GP, 14.7 MPG, 4.7 PPG, 1.1 RPG
F - #11 MacKenzie McCullough (Sr., 6-4/195): 24 GP, 16.0 MPG, 3.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.5 BPG
F - #14 Drew Dyer (So., 6-6/210): 26 GP, 25.8 MPG, 9.3 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.0 APG
WHO'S BACK, WHO'S NOT SNAPSHOT
UCSD returns a pair of starters from last season's team that advanced to the CCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. Senior James McCann, a 2012-13 All-CCAA Second Team pick, returns at the point guard position. McCann was second in the league in assists (4.8/game) and eighth in scoring (13.6 points/game). Sophomore forward Drew Dyer is also back after averaging 9.3 points and 5.2 rebounds a game as a freshman. UCSD's leading scorer and All-CCAA Second Team guard Tyler McGrath was lost to graduation. Among all league players, he was first in free throw percentage (.888), fourth in scoring (14.7 points/game) and fifth in three-pointers made (52). Forward Justin Brue also graduated after averaging a team-best 7.0 rebounds a game. He ranked sixth in the CCAA in boards and seventh in blocks (1.0/game). Guard Ryan Peters, who started all 26 games, graduated as well. For a complete breakdown of who's back and who isn't, click here.
HEAD COACH ERIC OLEN
Long-time UCSD assistant coach Eric Olen was named the program's 12th head coach on Oct. 1, 2013. Olen joined the Tritons as a second assistant for the 2004-05 season and was promoted to first assistant the next season. He was on the bench during the 2007-08 campaign when UCSD won its first CCAA Tournament title and earned its first berth in the NCAA Tournament. As a player at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., Olen helped the Badgers to three straight appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, including trips to the NAIA Elite Eight in 2000 and 2001.
ABOUT THE FIREBIRDS
2013-2014 marks the launch of the men's basketball program at St. Katherine's, a member of the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) and the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC). The Firebirds currently hold a 1-3 overall record. St. Katherine’s, located in nearby Encinitas, picked up its first win in program history over Menlo College on Nov. 16, an 87-82 decision. The Firebirds sport three players averaging double-digit points, led by 19.2 from Wade Shugrue. Dale Austin (12.4) and Dante Miller (13.4) round out the scoring leaders for St. Katherine’s, while Austin leads the team in rebounding at 9.2 boards per game. Scott Mitchell leads the Firebirds in his first season as head coach.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Wednesday’s meeting marks the first-ever game between the two schools.
ABOUT THE URBAN KNIGHTS
Academy of Art currently stands at 1-3 overall in 2013-14. The Urban Knights opened the season with a 97-80 victory over Cal State East Bay, but have suffered defeats in three straight games following the season opening win. AAU fell to CCAA opponents Humboldt State, 90-86, and Cal State Monterey Bay, 91-87, before suffering a setback to Simon Fraser, 78-75, last Saturday on the road. The three losses were by a combined 11 points, including an overtime defeat against CSUMB. The Urban Knights are led by Alex Carmon and his 25.3 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. Carmon, a sophomore from Long Beach, poured in a career and season-high 36 points against Monterey Bay on 12-23 shooting from the field, and 5-11 shooting from the three-point line in the loss. AAU’s Alexis Moore (18.8), Aaron Aikman (15.5) and Aaron Anderson (10.8) also average double-digits in points. Julius Barnes is currently in his second season at the helm of the Urban Knights.
ABOUT THE SERIES
UCSD holds a perfect 3-0 all-time series record against Academy of Art. The last meeting came in the 2011-12 season, a game played at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco. The Tritons grabbed an 80-66 win behind 15 points, four rebounds and three assists from McCann.
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THE BIG PICTURE
We want to reward you for posting your creative photos showing Triton spirit. Tweet, Facebook or Instagram your pics and include our #TritonsRising hashtag. At the end of every month, we'll pick our favorite photos and dole out some swag to the winners!
UCSD travels to conference opponents Humboldt State and Cal Poly Pomona next week. The Tritons take on the Jacks on Dec. 5 before facing the Broncos on Dec. 7. Tip-off for both contests is slated for 7:30 p.m.