The Humboldt State University Men’s Basketball Team was ranked 6th in the NCAA Division II standings posted on March 8th.
The Lumberjacks finished their season with an overall record of 26-4. Humboldt State faced Alaska Anchorage in the first round of the NCAA West Region Championships and fell 76-70.
The Lumberjacks’ Season
The Jacks had a spectacular season that fell short in the first round of the NCAA West Region Tournament. In a close match with Alaska Anchorage, the Jacks were unable to pull out the win and lost 76-70. Free throws and 3-pointers played a huge part in this game. Alaska was able to convert 29 of 34 attempts at the free throw line for 85% accuracy, while Humboldt converted 24 of 30 attempts for 80% accuracy.
Alaska was also 5 for 12 from 3-point range, while Humboldt was a disappointing 4 for 26. Humboldt State was also unable to answer Alaska’s runs in the second half and went scoreless for the first five minutes.
Despite the loss, Humboldt State still has much to celebrate as they won 26 games this season and became the California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season champions. Head Coach Steve Kinder leads the Jacks but looks to Brian Morris and Randy Hunter to win games.
About The Team
Steve Kinder is in his first season as Head Coach of the Lumberjacks, however he is not new to the program. He has played at Humboldt State and has also been the assistant coach for the past 20 years.
Kinder has learned from the best and that is evident in his rookie season. He has led the Jacks to an outright regular season title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, along with being named both CCAA Coach of the Year and NABC West District Coach of the Year.
Senior Brian Morris was named CCAA Player of the Year, All-CCAA First Team, Daktronics West Region Player of the Year, Daktronics All-West Region First Team, and NABC All-District First Team.
He averaged 18.7 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. Junior Randy Hunter was also an All-CCAA First Team selection and NABC All-District Second Team. He averaged 14.8 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. Hunter also achieved a team-high six double-doubles and led the Jacks with 22 points in their season finale at the NCAA West Region Championships. He was named the CCAA Newcomer of the Year Award for his performance this season.
About The School
Humboldt State University is located in Arcata, CA and focuses on students having hands on experience in their field of study. Learning isn’t limited to the classroom, but applied in the real world by doing experiments, studies, etc so that students have more experience when they do start their careers.
There are over 47 baccalaureate degree majors, 80 minors, 12 graduate programs, 21 credential programs and several certificates of study for the 7,800 students to choose from.