BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Scott Everman poured in a game-high 24 points to propel the University of Calfornia San Diego men's basketball team to an 80-56 rout of Alaska Fairbanks Saturday afternoon at Western Washington's Chuck Randall Classic.
The win evened UC San Diego's season record at 3-3. Alaska fell to 2-4.
"Today was another quality win," said UCSD head coach Eric Olen. "We talked about being consistent in our performance and we were able to play well again on short rest."
Everman was 8-for-16 from the floor with seven of his makes coming from behind the three-point line. The sophomore forward played 21 minutes off the bench.
Three other Tritons finished with double-digit point totals including guard Anthony Ballestero (17), guard Christian Bayne (16), and guard/forward Christian Oshita (12). Ballestero made five three-pointers and dished out four assists, while Bayne and Oshita each nailed two treys. Bayne grabbed a game-high six rebounds.
The Nanooks put up the first two points of the game, but UCSD's opening basket was a three-pointer by Bayne that moved the Tritons ahead for the rest of the contest. Leading 30-20 at halftime, UC San Diego really turned it on in the second stanza, out-scoring UAF 50-36 and making 20 of its 30 shot attempts for a torrid 66.7 field goal percentage.
Overall, UCSD shot 51.7 percent and drained a season-best 16 three-pointers, nine of those coming in the second half. The Tritons scored 27 points off of 19 Alaska turnovers.
With 7:48 left in the game, Ballestero hit a three to push the Tritons' lead into the 20-point range for the first time at 61-39. UCSD led by 25 points twice with under two minutes remaining.
Michael Kluting led Alaska with 19 points and Joe Lendway followed with 13. The Nanooks shot 46.7 percent overall and 60.9 percent in the second half. They made just seven of their 22 three-point attempts.
It was the second-straight game that the Tritons totaled at least 80 points as they scored a season-high 81 Friday in a win over Western Washington.
"I was really pleased with the way we played all weekend," said Olen. "Our players deserve credit for the way they prepared all week and it was nice to see their efforts pay off."
Oshita was named the Chuck Randall Classic Most Valuable Player after averaging 17.0 points per game and going 13-for-22, 59.1 percent, from the field. Bayne and Everman were also named to the all-tournament team.
UC San Diego opens its California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) season on Nov. 30 when it hosts Cal State San Bernardino at 7:30 p.m. It will be the first home game for the Tritons.