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UCSD Heads to Los Angeles County for Sunday-Tuesday League Games
Release: Saturday 12/16/2017 
by UCSD

THE SCHEDULE
Game 10
Sunday, Dec. 17 • 7:30 p.m. PT
at Cal State LA (6-3, 2-2 CCAA)
University Gym • Los Angeles, Calif.
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Game 11
Tuesday, Dec. 19 • 3:30 p.m. PT
at Cal State Dominguez Hills (5-6, 2-2 CCAA)
Torodome • Carson, Calif.
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BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for National Collegiate Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I Championships. Read the full press release here.

ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 5-4
• CCAA: 2-1
• Home: 1-1
• Away: 3-1
• Neutral: 1-2
• Streak: Lost 1
• NABC National Ranking: N/A
• Against Ranked Teams: 0-1
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 2nd

UC SAN DIEGO ROSTER BREAKDOWN
(2016-17 statistics shown)
Starters Returning (2)
George Buaku (G, Sr., 6-3, 185): 5.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg
Christian Oshita (G/F, Jr., 6-6, 210): 10.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2nd Team All-CCAA

Starters Lost (3)
Chris Hansen (C, Jr., 6-7, 265): 12.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 1st Team All-CCAA
Adam Klie (G, Sr., 6-4, 205): 15.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.7 apg, CCAA Player of the Year
Aleks Lipovic (G, Sr., 6-5, 205): 8.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.6 apg

Others Returning (9)
Anthony Ballestero (G, Sr., 5-10, 175): 5.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.8 apg
Scott Everman (F, So., 6-7, 210): 7.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.5 apg
Kenny Fraser (F, Sr., 6-7, 200): 1.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.2 apg
Chris Hansen (C, Jr., 6-7, 265): 12.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 1st Team All-CCAA
Mikey Howell (G, RFr., 6-3, 160)
Brett Oosdyke (F, Jr., 6-7, 215): DNP
Eric Patton (F, Jr., 6-6, 210): 4.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.7 apg
Ben Rico (G, So., 6-4, 180): 1.8 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.4 apg
Michael Shoemaker (F, Sr., 6-8, 216): 3.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.3 bpg

Others Lost (2)
Joshua Brooks (G, Sr., 6-2, 175): 2.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.6 apg
Koree Cox (G, Sr., 6-3, 190): 3.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.2 apg

Newcomers (4)
Christian Bayne (G, Jr. 6-2, 180): Transfer from CCAA member Stanislaus State
Kennedy Koehler (F, Fr., 6-7, 215)
Tyrell Roberts (G, Fr., 5-11, 160)
Martin Tombe (F, Fr., 6-6, 220)

ABOUT CAL STATE LA
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 7-3
• CCAA: 3-2
• Home: 6-0
• Away: 0-3
• Neutral: 1-0
• Streak: Won 1
• NABC National Ranking: N/A
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 6th

ABOUT CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS
Roster | Schedule | Statistics
• Overall: 5-7
• CCAA: 2-3
• Home: 2-3
• Away: 3-2
• Neutral: 0-2
• Streak: Lost 1
• NABC National Ranking: N/A
• CCAA Preseason Poll: 7th

UCSD AGAINST THE OPPONENTS
Cal State LA
• Overall: UCSD leads 22-14 (.611)
• Last Meeting: UCSD 86, CSULA 84 (2/11/17)

Cal State Dominguez Hills
• Overall: UCSD leads 27-17 (.614)
• Last Meeting: UCSD 82, CSUDH 70 (2/9/17)

WEEKLY REWIND
• 12/8/17: Cal State Monterey Bay 78, UCSD 76 (OT)

WAIT FOR IT
Christian Bayne has been coming up huge in the second half. In eight of nine contests, he's scored more than half of his points in the second stanza and overtime. Overall this season, he's produced 108 of his 152 points, 71 percent, in the second half or later.
• 12/8 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay: 13 of 15 (4 in OT)
• 12/2 at Cal State San Marcos: 18 of 24
• 11/30 vs. Cal State San Bernardino: 19 of 28
• 11/25 vs. Alaska Fairbanks: 8 of 16
• 11/24 at Western Washington: 15 of 19
• 11/18 at California Baptist: 11 of 18
• 11/14 at Point Loma: 8 of 14
• 11/11 vs. Dixie State: 11 of 11
• 11/10 vs. Azusa Pacific: 5 of 7

TOP 50 HITS
As a team, UC San Diego ranks in the top 50 nationally in four different statistical categories:
• 25th in assist/turnover ratio (1.42)
• 25th in fewest turnovers/game (11.0)
• 31st in fewest turnovers (99)
• 43rd in three-pointers/game (10.0)

UCSD IN THE CCAA
CCAA games only
• Free Throw Percentage (.792), 1st
• Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.59), 1st
• Points/Game (77.0), 3rd
• Scoring Margin (5.3), 3rd
• Field Goal Percentage (.452), 3rd
• Three-Pointers/Game (9.7), 3rd
• Steals/Game (7.67), 3rd
• Three-Point Field Goal Percentage (.367), 4th
• Assists/Game (14.33), 4th
• Blocks/Game (3.33), 4th
• Scoring Defense (71.7), 6th
• Rebounds/Game (31.3), 13th

TRITON LEADERS IN THE CCAA
CCAA games only
1. Points/Game: Christian Bayne (22.3)

BAYNE DRAIN
Christian Bayne has drained 42 of his 45 free throw attempts, 93.3 percent. That percentage is tops among all CCAA players and ranks 17th in the country. Over a five-game span, he went a perfect 27-for-27, which included a 13-for-13 performance at Western Washington on Nov. 24.

BAYNE NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christian Bayne was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Nov. 28. Over two wins at Western Washington’s Chuck Randall Classic, Bayne led UC San Diego in scoring (17.5 points/game), rebounding (6.5/game), and free throw percentage (1.000). In an 81-73 victory against the host, the junior guard totaled a season-high 19 points to go along with a team- and season-high seven rebounds as well as a game- and season-high four assists. Bayne went a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line vs. the Vikings. Against Alaska, he shot .700 (7-10) and pulled down a game-high six rebounds. The Tritons defeated the Nanooks by a score of 80-56. For the week, Bayne totaled 35 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists while shooting .588 (10-17).

TRITON TRIO EARNS TOURNEY ACCOLADES IN WASHINGTON
At Western Washington's Chuck Randall Classic, Christian Oshita was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 17.0 points per game and going 13-for-22, 59.1 percent, from the field over a pair of UC San Diego victories. Christian Bayne and Scott Everman were also named to the all-tournament team.

UC SAN DIEGO DROPS EXHIBITION AT SAN DIEGO STATE
Despite hitting 15 three-pointers, UC San Diego was defeated, 98-79, by San Diego State in an exhibition game on Nov. 2 at Viejas Arena. The Tritons shot 43.3 percent (29-67) overall and 44.1 percent (15-34) from behind the three-point line. Both teams finished with 33 rebounds, with UCSD holding a 14-8 advantage on the offensive glass. Four Tritons hit double-figure point totals, including Christian Oshita, who finished with a game-high 16. Scott Everman and Eric Patton netted 14 points apiece, with Everman going 4-for-4 from long range and Patton hauling in a game co-high eight rebounds. Christian Bayne and George Buaku each dished out four assists and Buaku added seven boards. The Aztecs, which shot 60.7 percent (34-56) for the game, got 46 of their points in the paint with 13 coming off the fast break. SDSU was 23-30 from the free throw line, while UC San Diego was 6-9. For the complete box score, click here.

TRITONS COMING OFF HISTORIC SEASON
UC San Diego's 2016-17 season was the finest in program history as the Tritons set records for overall wins (27) as well as California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) victories (17). The team won its first-ever CCAA regular season title and added a second banner by winning the league's tournament for a second time. For the second-straight season, top-seeded UCSD advanced to the NCAA West Region championship game, serving as the regional host for the first time. A 12-game win streak was also a team first and the Tritons were ranked as high as 11th in the country, finishing their campaign at No. 19. Senior guard Adam Klie was named the CCAA Player of the Year and Eric Olen was tabbed the CCAA Coach of the Year. In addition to Klie, sophomore center Chris Hansen was an All-CCAA First Team selection, while sophomore swingman Christian Oshita was named to the league's second team.

2016-17 UC SAN DIEGO REWIND
• Overall: 27-6
• CCAA: 17-3 (1st)
• Home: 15-3
• Away: 9-3
• Neutral: 3-0
• Postseason: NCAA West Region Finalist (Sweet 16)
• Highest National Ranking: 11

CCAA STANDINGS
(through 12/15)
Cal Poly Pomona, 4-0
Chico State, 4-1
Stanislaus State, 5-2
UC San Diego, 2-1
Cal State LA, 3-2
San Francisco State, 3-2
Cal State San Marcos, 1-1
Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-3
Cal State Dominguez Hills, 2-3
Cal State East Bay, 2-3
Cal State San Bernardino, 1-4
Sonoma State, 1-4
Humboldt State, 0-5

HANSEN TO MISS 2017-18 SEASON
Junior center Chris Hansen will sit out the team's 2017-18 campaign following off-season shoulder surgery. In 2016-17, Hansen averaged 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds, both numbers ranking second on the roster. His .505 field goal percentage and 22 blocks led the Tritons. In the CCAA, he ranked first in free throw percentage (.960), third in field goal percentage (.529), 11th in blocks (0.8), 13th in scoring (13.3), and 16th in rebounding (5.8). Hansen was a First Team All-CCAA selection.

ADAM 13
Adam Klie graduated in 2017 as UC San Diego's Division II leader in career points (1,524), rebounds (625), field goals made (561), field goals attempted (1,084), free throws attempted (527), games played (118), and minutes played (3,510). The guard, who wore No. 13, was just the second Triton during the team's DII era to total 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. This past season, Klie earned a slew of awards, including CCAA Player of the Year, NABC and D2CCA West Region First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year, and CCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades. The three-time All-CCAA selection and 2014 CCAA Freshman of the Year graduated with a 4.0 GPA as a Bioengineering major. Klie is currently playing professionally for the Niagara River Lions of the National Basketball League of Canada. Check out his current season statistics here.

NABC NATIONAL POLL
(12/12)
1. Northwest Missouri State
2. Queens
3. Bellarmine
4. Lincoln Memorial
5. Ferris State
6. Colorado School of Mines
7. West Liberty
8. Christian Brothers
9. Barry
10. UT-Permian Basin
11. Arkansas-Fort Smith
12. West Texas A&M
13. Northern State
14. Wheeling Jesuit
15. Fort Lewis
16. Western Oregon
17. Virginia State
18. Lake Superior State
19. Valdosta State
20. Le Moyne
21. West Florida
22. Texas A&M-Commerce
23. Texas A&M-Kingsville
24. Dallas Baptist
25. Southern New Hampshire

UCSD IN THE NABC NATIONAL POLL
• 12/12: N/A
• 12/5: N/A
• 11/28: N/A
• 11/21: N/A
• Preseason: Receiving Votes

D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
(12/12)
1. Northwest Missouri State
2. Lincoln Memorial
3. Ferris State
4. Bellarmine
5. Arkansas-Fort Smith
6. Christian Brothers
7. Queens
8. Colorado School of Mines
9. West Liberty
10. Barry
11. Virginia State
12. Northern State
13. West Florida
14. Cal Poly Pomona
t-15. Wheeling Jesuit
t-15. West Texas A&M
17. Lake Superior State
18. Western Oregon
19. Bridgeport
20. West Chester
t-21. UNC Pembroke
t-21. Chico State
23. Texas A&M-Commerce
24. UT-Permian Basin
25. St. Thomas Aquinas

UCSD IN THE D2SIDA NATIONAL POLL
• 12/12: N/A
• 12/5: N/A
• 11/28: N/A
• 11/21: N/A
• 11/14: N/A
• Preseason: Receiving Votes

D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
(12/11)
1. Cal Poly Pomona
2. Chico State
3. Western Oregon
4. Concordia (CA)
5. Western Washington
6. California Baptist
7. Stanislaus State
t-8. Chaminade
t-8. Northwest Nazarene
10. UC San Diego

UCSD IN THE D2SIDA WEST REGION POLL
• 12/11: 10th
• 12/4: 7th
• 11/27: t-9th
• 11/20: Receiving Votes
• 11/13: Receiving Votes
• Preseason: 4th

2017-18 CCAA PRESEASON POLL
1. Chico State
2. UC San Diego
3. Cal State San Marcos
4. Cal Poly Pomona
5. San Francisco State
6. Cal State LA
7. Cal State Dominguez Hills
8. Cal State San Bernardino
9. Sonoma State
10. Stanislaus State
11. Cal State East Bay
12. Humboldt State
13. Cal State Monterey Bay

HEAD COACH ERIC OLEN
Following nine seasons as an assistant coach with the UC San Diego men's basketball team, Eric Olen was named the program's 12th head coach on Oct. 1, 2013. Over his four seasons at the helm, Olen has led the Tritons to an 82-36 (.695) overall record with a 57-27 (.679) mark in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) play. Olen joined the UC San Diego coaching staff as a second assistant for the 2004-05 season. Just one year later, he was promoted to first assistant. As a player at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., Olen helped the Badgers to three-straight appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, including trips to the NAIA Elite Eight in 2000 and 2001. He graduated from Spring Hill in 2004 with a degree in finance. For Olen's complete bio, click here.

GEAR UP
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FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
Got some young Triton fans in your family? If they are eighth grade or under, check out the Junior Triton Club. Membership includes a free t-shirt, admission to over 100 UCSD home athletic events, and much more!

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UP NEXT
Following the holiday break, UC San Diego returns to La Jolla to host CCAA opponent San Francisco State on Friday, Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Tritons close out 2017 at Stanislaus State on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m.

#BigWestBound

Friday, November 09
Men's Basketball at Cal State Dominguez Hills vs. Western Washington
5:30 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
Men's Basketball vs. Simon Fraser
7:30 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
Saturday, November 10
Men's Basketball at Cal State Dominguez Hills vs. Simon Fraser
5:30 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
Men's Basketball vs. Western Washington
7:30 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
Monday, November 12
Men's Basketball vs. Saint Martin's
7:00 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
Wednesday, November 14
Men's Basketball at Point Loma Nazarene University
7:00 PM
San Diego (Golden Gymnasium)
Tuesday, November 20
Men's Basketball vs. Cal State San Bernardino
7:00 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
Saturday, November 24
Men's Basketball vs. Chico State
7:30 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
Thursday, November 29
Men's Basketball at Cal State Monterey Bay
7:30 PM
Seaside (The Kelp Bed)
Saturday, December 01
Men's Basketball at Cal State San Marcos
3:00 PM
San Marcos (The Sports Center)
Thursday, December 06
Men's Basketball vs. San Francisco State University
7:30 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
Sunday, December 16
Men's Basketball at Hawaii Pacific
11:00 PM
Honolulu, Hawai'i (Hawai'i Convention Center)
Monday, December 17
Men's Basketball at TBA
TBA
Honolulu, Hawai'i (Hawai'i Convention Center)
Tuesday, December 18
Men's Basketball at TBA
TBA
Honolulu, Hawai'i (Hawai'i Convention Center)
Saturday, December 29
Men's Basketball vs. Humboldt State
7:30 PM
UC San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
MBB Casino Night