Spring 2012

[News]

Basketball Team Tops in Conference Play

Basketball head coach Steve Kinder and Scott Clark celebrate after the Lumberjacks won the 2012 California Collegiate Athletic Association title game.

HIGH EXPECTATIONS PROVED no hurdle for the 2011-12 Humboldt State men’s basketball team, which achieved its first California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament title in head coach Steve Kinder’s second season guiding the program.

“We knew coming in that we would have a target on our backs based on our success the previous year,” Kinder said. “We took that as a challenge. We accepted that every team was probably going to play their best against us, and we wanted to show that our best was better.”

Led by senior forward Randy Hunter, the highlight of HSU’s efforts was a 89-76 win over arch-rival Chico State in the CCAA Tournament Championship game. Hunter, named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, finished with 20 points, as did teammate Brandon Sperling, another all-tournament team selection.  Also earning all-tourney selection was senior guard Scott Clark, who added a career single-game high 19 points to the Jacks’ big win.

Individually, Hunter topped the team in postseason honors. HSU’s leading scorer and rebounder during the 2011-12 season was chosen to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) all-region team for the second straight year. As a junior he was chosen for second team recognition, and his performance as a senior earned him first team selection and advancement to the All-America ballot.

The transfer from Citrus College earned all-CCAA first team recognition for the second straight year. Hunter averaged 18 points per game in the CCAA postseason tournament to earn the Jacks an automatic berth in the NCAA Division II West Region playoffs.

The Lumberjacks advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the 11th time in the past 12 seasons. The 2011-12 campaign came to a close when the Jacks were defeated by the same Chico State Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA playoffs in Bellingham, Wash. The 2012-13 season begins Oct. 31 with an exhibition game against University of Arizona in Tuscon, Ariz. For a full schedule, visit hsujacks.com.