Klie, Looney on collision course to meet in NCAA D2 regional
The two Alaskans are starting guards for their respective college basketball teams competing at the NCAA D2 West Regional, which tipped off today in San Diego, California.
Anchorage’s Klie and UC San Diego are the No. 1 seeds and tournament hosts while Palmer’s Looney is with No. 2 seed Hawaii Pacific University.
Klie, of Service High fame, flirted with a double-double with 10 points and nine assists in a 94-68 win over Dixie State.
Klie added six rebounds and a blocked shot in 30 minutes of work.
He was named California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year this season.
Klie averages 14.8 points per game and is three assists why from reaching the 150 benchmark on the year.
UC San Diego [26-5] will face No. 4 Cal Baptist in the regional semifinals on Saturday.Looney, of Palmer High fame, collected 12 points and four assists in as the fourth-ranked Sharks 73-61 win over Sonoma State.
He also made two steals in 33 minutes.
Looney was the Pac West Conference Defense Player of the Year this season.
He’s also averaging 17 points per game.
Hawaii Pacific [29-2] will face No. 6 Chico State in the second semifinal.