Men’s Basketball Go 5–2 Over Holiday Break

The UC San Diego men’s basketball team, in a little over three weeks, won five games and lost two to improve to 7–2 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. The Tritons fell in overtime against Cal State Monterey Bay (76–78) on Dec. 8 and against Cal State Dominguez (63–65) on Dec. 19. The close margin between these games reflects the Tritons’ dominance during this eight-game stretch, winning by an average of 12.8 points per game in their victories. With a victory over Chico State (73–50) on Jan. 6, UCSD improves to second place in conference standings.

Within these past eight games, three Tritons stood out: junior guard Christian Bayne (13.7 ppg), junior guard/forward Christian Oshita (17.9 ppg), and sophomore forward Scott Everman (14.7 ppg). All three players kept the Triton offense firing, providing consistent scoring for UCSD.

Higher volume three-point shooting was a common thread throughout all seven of these games. On average, the team attempted 11 more three-pointers a game than their opposition. The smallest margin between UCSD and its opponents was four threes, still in the favor of the Tritons. The largest difference in three-point shots attempts was 22 threes against Stanislaus State, where the Tritons attempted 33 threes compared to the Warriors’ 11.

The Triton offense has fully embraced the three-point shot, never taking less three-pointers than the opponent. Overall, this high volume approach is working well for UC San Diego, who will look to face Cal State Monterey Bay on Thursday, Jan. 11. The Tritons look to repay the Otters for the overtime defeat on Dec. 8.