Men’s basketball set for NJCAA title run
03.14.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
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 national tournament for a 21st time in school history.
San Jac (32-1) is the tournament’s top seed, and earns an automatic bye into the second round. They will face either No. 16 Spartansburg Community College (South Carolina) or No. 17 Connors State (Oklahoma) on Tuesday, March 21 at 2 p.m. (CDT). San Jacinto College earned the automatic bid to the national tournament after defeating Panola College on Saturday night for the Region XIV championship.
“We thought after the weekend we had we would have a good shot at the No. 1 seed,” said San Jacinto College Head Coach Scott Gernander. “We also know that there is nothing easy up there (in Hutchinson, Kansas, home of the NJCAA national tournament) and we don’t excpect it to be. I know we will be ready to pick up where we left off at the regional tournament. We are excited and hungry for more.”
San Jac is led by four players who average double-digit points. Sophomore guard Jorden Duffy (Upper Marlboro, Maryland / James M. Bennett HS ) leads the way averaging 19.4 points per game, a mark that ranks him 35th nationally. Fellow classmate Corey Davis (Lafayette, Louisiana / Lafayette HS) is second at 17.2 points per game. He also leads the team in 3-point shooting, averaging 46 percent from long range. Freshmen Tay Hardy (Natchitoches, Louisiana / Lakeview HS) and Kabir Mohammad (Lagos, Nigeria / National Christian Academy) are next, averaging 13.0 and 10.9 points per game, respectively. Mohammad is the team’s top rebounder at 8.4 per game.
San Jac is making its 21st overall national tournament appearance. This will be the second trip to Hutchinson under Gernander, who guided the 2015 team to the national tournament on an at-large bid. 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 has won four national titles (1968, 1983, 1984, and 1986), and was the national runner-up on four occasions (1967, 1977, 1997, and 2003).
The 2017 NJCAA Division I men’s basketball national tournament takes place in Hutchinson, Kansas, March 20-25. Complete tournament information, including a bracket and link to watch the games live, can be found on the NJCAA men's basketball national tournament website.
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, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.