9 year drought ends as men’s basketball returns to national tournament
03.08.2015 | By Amanda Booren
PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College men’s basketball team is headed back to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, slated for March 16 – 21 at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kansas.
San Jac (28-5) fell to Tyler Junior College in the championship game of the Region XIV tournament this weekend, which kept them from earning the automatic bid. However, it wasn’t enough to keep them out of the national tournament. Trinity Valley Community College and Hill College were the other two Texas teams to receive an at-large bid, along with Butler College out of Kansas.
The return to Hutchinson is the first for San Jac since 2006, and the College’s 20th overall trip to the national tournament. San Jacinto College last won the men’s basketball national title in 1986, when the team went undefeated with a 37-0 record. San Jac was the national runner-up in 2003. This is the first trip to the national tournament under Head Coach Scott R. Gernander, who is in his third season at the helm of the San Jac program.
The four at-large teams join the 16 district champions and four zone qualifiers to complete the 24-team bracket. The final seeding for the tournament will be released on NJCAA #BracketMonday through the @njcaa Twitter account beginning at 12 p.m. EDT.
For more information on the national tournament, please visit 2015 DI Men’s Basketball Championship Central.
About the NJCAA
Since 1938 the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has been the governing body of two-year college athletics, offering athletic and academic opportunities to college students. The NJCAA is the second largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with over 500 member schools in 43 states. Each year nearly 60,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and nine football bowl games. NJCAA Headquarters has been located in Colorado Springs, Colo., since 1985. For more information visit www.njcaa.org.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.