Men’s and Women’s Basketball Head to Post Season; Men Host Monterey Bay at Lumberjack Arena March 1 - Humboldt State Now

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Head to Post Season; Men Host Monterey Bay at Lumberjack Arena March 1

HSU's men's and women's basketball teams head into the post season with the women taking on Cal State Eastbay in Hayward, Calif., on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. Men face off against Monterey Bay in Lumberjack Arena, also on March 1 at 7 p.m.

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Men’s Basketball Clinches Home Postseason Game with Senior Day Victory

The HSU Men’s basketball team takes on Monterey Bay on March 1.

ARCATA, Calif. – In their second meeting this season, Humboldt State men’s basketball took Cal State San Marcos to overtime, but this time the Green and Gold got the result they wanted. The Lumberjacks clinched a first round home game in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament with a 97-91 victory over the Cougars Thursday night in Lumberjack Arena.

HSU will host Cal State Monterey Bay in the first round of the CCAA Tournament on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. The Jacks wrapped the regular season with an 18-8 overall record and a 12-8 conference mark. Tuesday’s home playoff game will be the first for the HSU men’s basketball program since the 2011-12 season.

“San Marcos is a veteran team,” said Head Coach Steve Kinder. “They communicate at a high level and don’t panic when they get down in front of a hostile crowd. Tonight we made 31 free-throws, and that was a big difference from what we did when we played them on the road. Hats off to our seniors for playing tough basketball.”

Despite shooting just 38.1 percent from the field and going 3-for-13 from outside the arc, the Jacks took a 37-34 lead into the locker room.

The first 20 minutes of action featured eight lead changes. HSU built a nine-point advantage with 10:03 remaining that helped it remain in front despite a 4-0 run by San Marcos to close out the half.

Malik Morgan opened arguably his best scoring performance of the season with 10 first-half points. He was 4-of-8 from the field and sank a pair of 3-pointers.

The Cougars opened the second half on a 15-3 run, and an Andrew Bournes’ dunk with 16:12 left in regulation put them ahead 49-40. San Marcos’ nine-point lead was its largest of the game.

HSU managed to erase its deficit late in the half and a Morgan layup with 1:19 remaining knotted the game at 74-74. Made free-throws by Thomas Witzel and Rakim Brown put the Jacks ahead by two with 11 seconds left, but a Darnell Taylor layup forced overtime.

Back-to-back baskets to open the overtime period by Tyras Rattler and Witzel energized the over 1,200 enthusiastic Green and Gold faithful in attendance.

The Jacks opened up a 10-point advantage with 1:18 to play and closed out the game at the free-throw line. Witzel scored eight points in overtime and his 3-pointer with 1:58 remaining proved to be the dagger for San Marcos.

Morgan led all scorers with a career-high 24 points. Brown (19), Witzel (19) and Rattler (17) all reached double-figure scoring totals for HSU. Witzel also finished with a team-leading 10 rebounds and notched his second double-double of the season.

Five San Marcos scorers finished with 10 or more points. Bourne led the bunch with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting. The Cougars were charged with three technical fouls in the loss.

Now the Jacks can shift their focus to preparing for the Otters, a team they played less than two weeks ago.

“This is a great opportunity for our fan base,” said Kinder. “We had a playoff atmosphere tonight. We have the opportunity to rest, go to class and take care of business tomorrow, and then we have three days of preparation without travel.”

Women’s Basketball To Play at Co-Champions East Bay in First Round

The HSU Women’s Basketball team takes on Cal State Eastbay on March 1.

ARCATA, Calif. – The Humboldt State women’s basketball team found out its first round opponent on Saturday night as the final California Collegiate Athletic Association teams completed their regular seasons. The Lumberjacks will travel to Cal State East Bay to play the first round game Tuesday at 7 p.m.

“We are excited to begin the next phase of the season,” said Head Coach Joddie Gleason. “East Bay is a great team and will be a formidable opponent on Tuesday night. We are happy that we didn’t have to travel all the way to Southern California, but playing in Hayward is going to be a big challenge. We only got one shot at them in the regular season, which we lost at home. There are several areas that we need to improve on including execution of the offense against tough defense. They are not going to give you anything easy so being patient and using the offense as a collective group is crucial. Defensively we can not lose track of their shooters as often as we did in the first game and we need to play with more urgency each possession of the game with fewer mental breakdowns. At this time in the season we won’t be changing much of what we are doing, just trying to execute it better and keep improving.”

The Lumberjacks (13-14, 10-10) finished in a tie for fifth in the conference with Cal San Bernardino (13-12, 10-10), but will enter the CCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament as the sixth seed. The Coyotes hold the tiebreaker between the two, despite splitting games in the regular season.

At the top of the standings, three teams tied for the regular-season title for the first time in conference history. Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State East Bay, and UC San Diego all finished the year 18-2 in conference, with tiebreakers seeding the Toros first, the Tritons second, and the Pioneers third.

HSU and Cal State East Bay played just once this season, with the Pioneers earning a 61-50 win at Lumberjack Arena on Feb. 11. Despite the Green and Gold holding a 20-12 lead after the first quarter in that game, East Bay’s conference-leading defense turned things around and was enough to push the visitor’s to victory.

Cal State East Bay held teams to 35 percent shooting and 52.4 points per game in the regular season, both best in the CCAA.

The Pioneers have the fifth and sixth leading scorers in the conference on their roster in Tori Breshers (14.3 ppg) and Shannon Bland (13.7 ppg). Amanda Kunst (12.9 ppg) finished 11th in the conference and scoring and Kiana Brown (11.9 ppg) finished the regular season in 15th.

Live video and stats will be available online.

The final conference seeds are listed below:

1. Cal State Dominguez Hills (18-2)
2. UC San Diego (18-2)
3. Cal State East Bay (18-2)
4. Stanislaus State (12-8)
5. Cal State San Bernardino (10-10)
6. Humboldt State (10-10)
7. Cal Poly Pomona (9-11)
8. Cal State LA (7-13)