If you're not traveling to Turlock or Chico this week, you can still follow the action live. Friday's game at Cal State Stanislaus will be covered by video at http://bit.ly/PKryHY, audio at http://www.kefc.net and live stats at http://bit.ly/UbT9CW. Saturday's game at Chico State will feature audio at http://bit.ly/uFaxgn and live stats at http://bit.ly/V5fwuw.
EARLY TOURNEY PICTURE
With six regular season games remaining, Cal Poly Pomona (15-1) and Cal State San Bernardino (13-3) have clinched spots in the eight-team CCAA Tournament. The top four regular season finishers will host first round games on Tuesday, March 5. The semifinals and final will take place March 8-9 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. The winner of the CCAA Tournament will earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals. UCSD is looking to qualify for the league tourney for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
3,897's A CROWD
The Spirit Night (an annual campus event) game against Humboldt State on Friday, Feb. 8, drew a crowd of 3,897, the second-highest attendance at a men's basketball game in the history of RIMAC Arena.
UCSD returned to RIMAC Arena last week following a season-long, six-game road swing that began at Cal State Monterey Bay on Jan. 18. It was the team's longest away streak since the 2007-08 season, when UCSD played eight consecutive road games, half of those coming at the CCAA Tournament and NCAA West Regional. During the 2005-06 season, the Tritons played nine straight regular season games away from La Jolla. This week's games mark the final regular season road trip for UCSD, which will play its final four at RIMAC. UCSD is 2-6 at home and 6-4 on the road this season.
For the second time in his last three games, freshman Hunter Walker gathered a career-high 14 points against Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 9. He also established career-bests with six field goals made and 11 field goals attempted. The Santa Maria native netted 14 points at Cal State L.A. on Feb. 2, also picking up career-highs in field goal percentage (.667), three-pointers made (3), three-pointers attempted (5), free throws made (3) and free throws attempted (4).
PETERS ON POINT
Senior guard Ryan Peters set a new career-high with 14 points in UCSD's 71-60 win against Humboldt State on Feb. 8. His six field goals made also established a new career mark.
RIPE FROM THE STRIPE
UCSD has been dominant from the free throw line as the Tritons lead the CCAA and rank eighth nationally in free throw percentage at 76.3% (242-for-317). Tyler McGrath is third in the league and 38th in the country at 86.1% (68-for-79), while James McCann ranks seventh in the CCAA and 94th nationally at 82.8% (77-for-93). McGrath finished the 2011-12 season as the CCAA's leader in free throw percentage at 83.3%.
FOUR ON THE FLOOR
UCSD's recent four-game win streak was its longest since the 2008-09 season when the Tritons won five straight between Jan. 16 and Jan. 30. All of those victories were also against CCAA teams (Cal State Monterey Bay, San Francisco State, Cal State Stanislaus, Chico State and Sonoma State). The Tritons had a pair of five-game streaks that season.
HUMBOLDT STATE REWIND
Four Tritons scored in double figures as UCSD defeated the Lumberjacks, 71-60, on Feb. 8 at RIMAC Arena. Tyler McGrath had a game-high 18 points and was followed by James McCann (17), Ryan Peters (14) and Drew Dyer (10). McGrath and Colin Porter each pulled down a game-high seven boards. UCSD shot 45% from the floor and held the Jacks to 37% shooting. Both squads were at the line frequently with the Tritons finishing at 21-for-25 and the Lumberjacks going 17-for-26. HSU got 15 points from Rakin Brown.
CAL POLY POMONA REWIND
Down by only five at the half (35-30), UCSD shot just 31.8% in the second frame and fell by a score of 73-50 to the Broncos at RIMAC on Feb. 9. CPP made 10 three-pointers and 15 of 18 free throws, while the Tritons went 4-for-14 from long range and 6-for-10 at the line. The Broncos turned 11 UCSD turnovers into 23 points. The Tritons were led by Hunter Walker's 14 points while DeRonn Scott totaled 17 for Cal Poly Pomona.
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO
The 34 points recorded by Cal State L.A. on Feb. 2 were the fewest given up by the Tritons since an 85-25 win over Caltech on Jan. 8, 1983. The total was the third-lowest on record in program history (117-27 win vs. LIFE Bible College on 12/6/75).
UCSD's 20-point (85-65) win at Sonoma State on Jan. 26 was the team's largest margin of victory this season. The previous was nine points at Cal State East Bay (69-60) and against Fresno Pacific (83-74). At the other extreme, the Tritons' 73-50 loss against Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 9 was its largest margin of defeat.
LIVIN' IN THE 80s
UCSD's 85 points scored at Sonoma State on Jan. 26 was a season-high. The last time the Tritons posted a higher total was on Nov. 4, 2011, a 102-74 win against Chestnut Hill at the Disney Classic in Anaheim, the team's season opener. UCSD has eclipsed the 80-point plateau three times this season (90-82 loss at CSUSB on 11/24; 83-74 win vs. Fresno Pacific on 11/10).
BEHIND THE DISH
James McCann's nine assists at Sonoma State on Jan. 26 set a new career-high for the point guard. His previous best was eight at Cal State San Bernardino on Dec. 19, 2011. McCann is dishing out 3.9 helpers per game, tied for the second-highest average in the CCAA.
McGRATH NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tyler McGrath was named the Wilson/CCAA Player of the Week on Jan. 28. McGrath led UCSD in scoring (23.5 points/game), three-pointers (9), free throws (8), and minutes (70) over two league road games. He made 52 percent (15 of 29) of his shots from the field, 47 percent (9 of 19) from behind the three point line and 89 percent (8 of 9) of his free throws. In an 85-65 blowout of Sonoma State, McGrath netted a game-high 32 points, one short of his career-best, on 10-for-15 shooting. He made a career-high six three pointers while also adding two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 36 minutes of play. The night prior, McGrath had team-highs with 15 points and five rebounds in a 70-55 loss at San Francisco State. He is the first Triton to win the honor since Jordan Lawley on Feb. 8, 2010.
A LOOK AT THE WARRIORS
Cal State Stanislaus comes into Friday's game at 7-13 overall and 4-12 in CCAA play, sitting in a three-way tie for 10th place. The Warriors have lost five straight, including last week's games on the road at Sonoma State (65-62) and San Francisco State (64-50). Three players are averaging over 10 points a game including Marcus Walters (12.6), Nick Hodge (11.0) and Ray Mitchell (10.0). Mitchell is also the team's leading rebounder, averaging 5.8 per contest.
A LOOK AT THE WILDCATS
Chico State is 11-9 overall and in a three-way tie for fifth place in the league at 8-8. The Wildcats have dropped three of their last four games and split last week's tilts, losing at San Francisco State (63-59) before taking down Sonoma State (71-60). Amir Carraway is dropping 11.5 points per game, followed by Rashad Parker at 11.4. Jordan Semple is averaging a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game.
THE SIXTH CENTURY
UCSD'S win at Humboldt State on Jan. 5, its first-ever victory in Arcata, was the 600th victory in program history.
Prior to Cal State San Bernardino scoring 90 on Nov. 24, no UCSD opponent had posted a point total that high since Cal State Monterey Bay won 97-93 in double overtime on Jan. 26, 2008 at RIMAC Arena. The last time an opponent put up 90-plus in regulation was on Jan. 4, 2007 when Humboldt State downed the Tritons 90-76 in Arcata.
ALL BUT ONE
UCSD returns all but one of its starters from last season, including full-timers James McCann, Tyler McGrath and Justin Brue, along with part-timers MacKenzie McCullough and Ryan Peters. That group accounted for 61% of the team's scoring and 50% of its rebounds. The lone loss was big man Christian Hatch, who led the Tritons in scoring (12.5/game) and rebounding (7.3/game). The center was named to the All-CCAA Second Team.
COACH AND COACH
UCSD head coach Chris Carlson will be a weekly guest on XX Sports 1090's "Coach" Kentera Show. Carlson will join host John Kentera every Tuesday at approximately 8:30 p.m. You can listen online as well at http://bit.ly/TsuTZ6.
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