San Jac men cruise into NJCAA quarterfinals with 115-77 win
03.22.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
HUTCHINSON, Kansas — The San Jacinto College men’s basketball team easily secured a spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men’s Basketball Championship quarterfinals with a 115-77 win over Connors State (Maryland) Tuesday afternoon at the Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Five San Jac players scored double-digit points, led by sophomore guard and first-team Region XIV selection Corey Davis (Lafayette, Louisiana / Lafayette HS) with 21. Fellow classmate Jorden Duffy (Upper Marlboro, Maryland / James M. Bennett HS), who was also a Region XIV first team selection, was next for San Jac with 20 points. Freshman guard Tay Hardy (Natchitoches, Louisiana / Lakeview HS) scored 19; freshman guard Lamar Hamrick (New Castle, Deleware / St. Georges Technical HS) had 15, along with a team-best nine rebounds; and freshman guard Kabir Mohammed (Lagos, Nigeria / National Christian Academy) tallied 14 points.
“We’ve been ready to get back on the court for awhile, and we picked up right where we left off in the regional tournament,” said San Jacinto College Head Coach Scott Gernander, now in his fifth season at the helm of the program. “We didn’t expect it to be such a lopsided victory, but we are pretty dangerous when we decide we want to work on the defensive end to go along with our potent offense. We don’t expect another one like that while we are here (in Hutchinson, Kansas, at the NJCAA national tournament), but we are happy to survive and see one more day of basketball.”
Rashawn Langston and Adarius Avery led the way for Connors State (27-7) with 33 and 21 points, respectively.
As a team, San Jac shot nearly 51 percent from the field, holding Connors State to 33 percent. San Jac was 12-of-14 from the free throw line and 47 percent from long range. Up next is Northwest Florida State Thursday at noon (CT). The two teams faced off on Nov. 19, 2016, a game that San Jac won 95-88.
San Jac (33-1) is making its 21st overall national tournament appearance after earning the automatic bid with a Region XIV championship. This is 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, through this Saturday, March 25. Complete tournament information, including a bracket and link to watch the games live, can be found at njcaahutchtourney.com.
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 Rising Star Award recipient 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.