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Justin Brue totaled 12 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Saturday's loss.
Second Half Surge Leads Grand Canyon Past UCSD, 65-52
Release: Saturday 11/17/2012 
by UCSD

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's basketball team opened its home season on a down note Saturday night, suffering a 65-52 loss against non-conference opponent Grand Canyon at RIMAC Arena.

UCSD fell to 1-2 overall while GCU, which received votes in the preseason national poll, improved to 3-2.

The Tritons led by as many as nine points in the first half, but a second half surge by the Antelopes propelled them to the victory. Grand Canyon improved its shooting percentage by nine points from half to half, going from 34.5% to 43.5%.

The 'Lopes also capitalized on 12 UCSD turnovers, parlaying them into 18 points. They made 22 of 30 free throws in the game.

UCSD got a team-high 16 points from guard Tyler McGrath. Forward Justin Brue followed with 12 points and led all players with nine rebounds. He also contributed with two assists and two blocks.

For Grand Canyon, Joshua Lowery had 17 points, five boards and three assists. He made just three of eight shots from the floor, but was 11-for-13 from the free throw line. Braylon Pickrel recorded 10 points and Killian Larson had a team-best seven rebounds.

Behind by one point at 29-28 coming out of halftime, a jumper by Jerome Garrison put the Antelopes ahead, 30-29. UCSD would not lead again until a Brue layup made the score 44-43 in favor of the Tritons with 9:45 remaining in the game. However, GCU went ahead 45-44 on a putback by Pickrel and then extended its lead to seven as Brad Carroll drained back-to-back three-pointers, the second coming at the 7:26 mark.

The Tritons' largest lead of the night came with 13:21 left in the first half when freshman forward Drew Dyer drilled a three-pointer to put the Tritons up 16-7. 

UCSD hit 36% of its shots while GCU finished at 38.5% overall.

The Tritons begin their California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) slate at Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.

-- UCSDtritons.com --

Thursday, February 23
W Basketball at Cal State San Bernardino
5:30 PM
San Bernardino
Men's Basketball at Cal State San Bernardino
7:30 PM
San Bernardino
Friday, February 24
M Golf at Day One
8:00 AM
Vallejo (Hiddenbrooke)
Softball at Cal State San Bernardino
12:00 PM
San Bernardino
W Water Polo at UCLA
12:30 PM
Irvine
Softball at Cal State San Bernardino
2:00 PM
San Bernardino
M Tennis vs. Holy Names
3:00 PM
UC San Diego
Baseball vs. Cal State San Marcos
6:00 PM
UC San Diego
M Volleyball vs. UC Santa Barbara
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, February 25
W Water Polo at TBD
TBA
Irvine
M Rowing vs. San Diego City Championships
7:00 AM
Mission Bay
M Golf at Day Two
8:00 AM
Vallejo (Hiddenbrooke)
Track & Field at Mangrum Invitational
10:00 AM
San Marcos
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11:00 AM
San Marcos
W Tennis at Cal State LA
11:00 AM
Los Angeles
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