SAN MARCOS, Calif. - Backed by 15 three-pointers, the University of California San Diego won the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Basketball Tournament championship with a 78-63 win against San Francisco State Saturday at The Sports Center on the campus of Cal State San Marcos.
The win earned top-seeded UC San Diego the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It also moved the Tritons to 25-5 on the season, the most victories in the history of the program.
The Tritons hit eight treys in the first half and seven more in the second stanza. Five players netted multiple threes, including Aleks Lipovic, who had six. Anthony Ballestero, Scott Everman, Adam Klie and Christian Oshita each had two and George Buaku drained one.
Lipovic and Klie both ended their nights with 18 points, while Oshita totaled 15. Klie tacked on seven assists and six rebounds to his stat line.
The lead changed five times in the first half. A Klie three-pointer with 1:50 remaining in the stanza put UCSD up 39-37 and the Tritons held an advantage the rest of the way.
UC San Diego made five three-pointers between the 14:43 and 8:48 marks of the second half and led by 14 points, 60-46.
Coley Apsay was the top scorer for the second-seeded Gators with 14 points. Derrick Brown was just behind with 13 and Warren Jackson had 10. AJ Kahlon hauled in a game-high seven rebounds.
UCSD out-shot SFSU, 49 percent (26-53) to 37 percent (20-54). The Gators made nine three-pointers.
Klie was named the tournament's MVP, while Lipovic and Oshita were also named to the all-tournament team.
It was the second CCAA Tournament championship for UC San Diego, which won it in 2008 as well.
The NCAA West Regional field and host will be announced on Sunday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. PT via a live selection show at NCAA.com.