After a subpar 2018 season Pacific University Men’s basketball and Head Coach Justin Lunt face the pressure of success. A highly touted first season of Lunt’s Pacific head coaching career ended in a 10-15 record, and 4-12 in conference.
With that being said, the Boxers led the NCAA in several different categories on both sides of the court. Pacific had the most field goals, 3-point field goals, points, and steals in all of the NCAA.
The Boxers, known for their full court press and fast paced offensive has proven that on the stat sheet, but has yet to show it leads to success in winning games. The Boxers dropped to eighth place last season after a fifth place finish in the 2017-18 season.
After a massive 2018 recruiting class, the Boxers again recruited over 20 players for the 2019-2020 season. Similar to the 2018 season, the heavy amount of players will all be used inside the game. Each player fitting into a rotation which is cycled throughout the game.
The strategy is used to cause chaos in the mind of the opposition, and to a certain extent, it works. The Boxers led the NCAA in steals with 332 on the year and were third in the nation in turnovers forced a game, with 24.60.
This fast paced energy of the Boxers led similar high statistical totals on the offensive end. Pacific had the highest amount of free throws and free throw attempts along with the most points in the NCAA with 2,574 on the year.
Boxer basketball fans can expect this from a Lunt coached team: Players who will fight hard on every possession and work together in order to find success on the court, and in the Northwest Conference.