The team got off to an uncharacteristically sluggish start at RIMAC Arena. The Pioneers jumped to a 12-2 lead. They also connected on five of their first six 3-pointers, building to a 24-8 lead. But UC San Diego cut the deficit to 36-33 by the half.
With just over 13 minutes to play, Howell found Everman, who converted a layup to give the Tritons their first lead of the game, 45-44.
From that point UC San Diego never trailed, though the Pioneers had a chance to tie with a three-pointer that went off the mark as time expired.
UC San Diego travels to Turlock to play Stanislaus State on at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
– Staff reports
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