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Hot Shooting Starts Men's Cagers On Way To Home Win

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For the first six minutes of its 2011-2012 home opener Tuesday night, it was nothing but net for the Pasadena City College men's basketball team. The Lancers sank their first six shots from the floor, all outside jumpers to bolt out to an early 17-6 lead. The opening spurt sent PCC on its way to a 67-60 triumph over Southwestern College at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

The Lancers (2-2) needed that run as the Jaguars (1-2) roared back on two different occasions to keep things exciting in the second half.

PCC held a 31-22 halftime lead, increased it to 12, then fell behind briefly at 39-38 with 15 minutes left in the contest. With 6:08 remaining, PCC would build the lead back to 11 at 58-47 on an offensive rebound and basket by Alec Tatum. Southwestern responded again with an 11-0 run capped by Derrick Thompson's lay-in that tied it at 58-58.

With 3:15 to go, Tatum was left unguarded in the key and dropped in an easy layup to give Pasadena the lead for good at 60-58. The Lancers sank seven free throws in the final minute to cap the victory.

PCC sophomore transfer guard Givon Crump led all scorers with 19 points (7-for-8 from the line) and added nine rebounds. Frosh guard Kameron Burch, from Pasadena High, poured in all 12 of his points in the second half, including a pair of 3-point bombs. Other top performers for the Lancers were Tatum, a reserve forward from San Francisco, who had eight points (4-for-5 from the field) and six rebounds, and forward Laik Carter (eight points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals).

Southwestern's top scorer, Anthony Carrillo, did all of his damage in the second half with all 13 of his points, including swishing three 3-pointers. 

Pasadena ended up shooting .436 from the floor overall, but its defense came up big by limiting the Jaguars to just nine field goals in the first half. PCC made 13 steals on the evening.

PCC next plays in the San Bernardino Valley Alvin Hunter Classic Tournament this Friday-Sunday, Nov. 18-20. Coach Mike Swanegan's Lancers open with a first round game against state No. 14-ranked Riverside at 6 p.m.

[Photo--Kameron Burch fires up a shot during PCC's win over Southwestern Tuesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/15/11
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