BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The University of California San Diego men's basketball team recorded a season-high point total in an 81-73 win at Western Washington Friday on the opening day of the Chuck Randall Classic.
For the game, UC San Diego made 54 percent (26-48) of its shots overall and 53 percent (10-19) of its three-point attempts, both season-bests. In the first half, the Tritons shot 61 percent (14-23) from the floor and 63 percent (5-8) from behind the arc.
Christian Oshita finished with 22 points for UCSD. The guard/forward was on fire from the floor, making eight of his 11 shots, 73 percent. Guard Christian Bayne had 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. He was a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line. Forward Michael Shoemaker contributed 13 points and seven boards, while guard Anthony Ballestero had 11 points.
UCSD totaled 18 assists as a team with four Tritons dishing out at least three.
"We played well tonight and beat a very good team," said UCSD head coach Eric Olen.
The game was tied 10 times, all in the opening half. With 24 seconds left until halftime, Ballestero hit a three to give UCSD a 41-38 advantage heading into the locker room. The Vikings, who led several times in the first frame, were ahead just once in the second when Daulton Hommes drilled a trey to put his team up 56-55 with 9:33 remaining in the contest. However, the next two buckets of the game came in the form of Ballestero threes and the Tritons would stay ahead for the rest of the night.
Deandre Dickson finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, both game-highs, for Western Washington. He made all 11 of his free throws. Hommes totaled 16 points and was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
The Vikings shot 39 percent (22-56) on the night. They made 23 of 25 free throws.
With the victory, UCSD improved to 2-3 on the season, while WWU fell to 2-2. The Vikings are receiving votes in this week's NABC national poll.
"It is important for us to improve each time we take the floor and tonight I thought we showed some of the progress we have made," said Olen. "We will need to continue that tomorrow against another tough opponent."
UC San Diego plays Alaska Fairbanks (2-3) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to close out action at WWU's tournament. The two teams last met in 2007. The Nanooks drilled Capilano University, 108-60, Friday in Bellingham.