Sims leads new-look Jacks on six-game road trip

Humboldt State Athletics – AJ Sims in action for HSU on the recent road trip.

Newcomer AJ Sims averaged 18 points to lead the Humboldt State men’s basketball on their recent 14-day road trip.

Sims, a West Los Angeles College transfer, scored in double digits in five of the six games as the Jacks finished 3-3.

“I really enjoyed the trip,” said Sims, who scored 29 points in a game against Academy of Art University. “I got the chance to get closer to my teammates and coaches.

“We won some games and lost a few but we kept our heads up and kept getting better day by day.”

As a team, Humboldt State averaged 83.2 points per game on the trip, while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from 3-point range. 

HSU’s defense forced 18.3 turnovers per game by its opponents while recording 7.5 steals per game. 

“I am so proud of the young men we have in our program,” said first-year head coach Tae Norwood. “They have great character. Being on the road for an extended period of time teaches you a lot about your team. 

“We have a cohesive group who have entrusted into the culture and vision of our program. Hence: stay prepared, give great effort, play for your teammates, and be selfless.”

Also averaging double digits in scoring was Victor Mijas (13.2 points), who scored in double figures in four of the six games, including a career high 20 points against Academy of Art.

The Jacks tipped off the road trip with a 89-87 win at Academy of Art in double-overtime, before losing 93-89 to the same team two days later.

They then dropped two straight at Fresno Pacific by scores of 91-65 and 76-70, before winning two at Simpson University by scores of 104-70 and 82-58.

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