Listen to head coach Eric Olen's interview on the latest edition of Triton Talk.
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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, entering his fifth season as the voice of Triton men's and women's basketball during the team's online broadcasts, will serve 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 join John Kentera on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. Due to the team playing this Thursday, Olen will be on Friday at 6:15 p.m. You can listen to the show on the radio or live online.
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 Drew 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. MacKenzie 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 James McCann (17), Aleks Lipovic (14) and Hunter 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. James McCann and MacKenzie McCullough each totaled 13 points for the Tritons, with McCann tacking on five rebounds and five assists. Drew 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 Aleks 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 COYOTES
Cal State San Bernardino enters Thursday's game with a 1-1 overall record. On Nov. 13, the Coyotes defeated Westmont, 88-81, at Coussoulis Arena. Six players had double-figure point totals for CSUSB, including Andrew Young (17), Juan Martinez (15), Lacy Haddock (15), Khleem Perkins (12), Kirby Gardner (11) and Joshua Gouch (11). The Coyotes were out-rebounded, 46-35, but got 22 points off of 24 Warrior turnovers. CSUSB opened its regular season with a 78-74 loss against Washburn on Nov. 9 in Las Vegas. Haddock had 19 points and Gardner added 12, while Tevin Harris grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. On Oct. 30, the Coyotes played an exhibition game against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, falling by a score of 96-66. Perkins had 17 points as CSUSB trailed by just three points at the half. Last season, Cal State San Bernardino finished with a 20-9 overall record and placed second in the CCAA at 16-6. The Coyotes went 1-1 in CCAA Tournament play. At the NCAA Division II West Regional in Bellingham, Wash., CSUSB defeated Dixie State (75-69) before ending its season with a loss against Western Washington (86-77).
ABOUT THE SERIES
Cal State San Bernardino leads the all-time series, 30-15, dating back to the 1984-85 season. The Coyotes have won the previous 10 match-ups, with UCSD's last victory coming on Feb. 14, 2009 in La Jolla (69-63). The last time the two squads met, it was a triple overtime thriller in the first round of the CCAA Tournament on March 5, 2013, at Coussoulis Arena. CSUSB advanced with a 102-99 win. For the Tritons, James McCann had game- and career-highs with 27 points and 11 assists. Justin Brue finished with a double-double, totaling 22 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Kwame Alexander and Lacy Haddock each netted 22 points for the Coyotes. The Tritons held a sizable advantage in rebounds, 48-40, but turned the ball over 19 times to CSUSB's 11. With 11 seconds left in the third extra period, McCann drilled a three-pointer to get UCSD within a point (100-99), but a pair of free throws by Haddock sealed the win for the Coyotes.
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THE BIG PICTURE
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UCSD closes out the month of November with a pair of home games next week. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, the Tritons host St. Katherine College (7 p.m.) and then entertain Academy of Art on Saturday, Nov. 30 (1 p.m.).