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Men's Basketball Surpasses Last Year's Win Total After 13 Games

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It took just 13 games for the Pasadena City College men's basketball team to win more contests--eight--than it did in the entire 2010-2011 season--seven. The 2011-2012 Lancers grabbed third place at the Santa Barbara City College Tournament Dec. 9-11, downing the host Vaqueros, 76-55, in the third place final Saturday.

All-SBCC Tournament selection Givon Crump scored 24 points. He hit two straight buckets to begin a monster 23-6 run that put the game away in the second half. With 14 minutes left, Santa Barbara only trailed the Lancers, 43-40, but that spurt distanced PCC with the lead for good. Both point guard Jerrick Thomas (11 points, season-high 11 assists) and forward Laik Carter (10 points, 10 rebounds) posted double-doubles.

The Lancers are 8-5 under head coach Mike Swanegan, who has relied on the sophomore Crump for scoring, but utilized 11 freshmen on the roster for a strong start to the season.

"I don't think anyone expected us to be where we are right now," Swanegan said. "But when you win games, everyone starts to gain confidence. We have a good attitude and we removed the issues that affected us last season. We have to just continue to work hard for 40 minutes a night."

Pasadena opened the tournament with a 60-53 win over West Los Angeles Thursday, then missed out on a chance for the championship final with a tough 72-67 loss to LA Valley on Friday. In the loss to Valley, Crump poured in 30 points and made 10 rebounds, guard Marquise Tolson netted 15 points (four 3-pointers) and Thomas added 11 points, eight assists and four steals.

Against WLAC, 6-foot-8 center Lorelle Martin (pictured) totaled 14 points and 13 rebounds, Crump had 14 points, and when Crump re-injured an eye, Kameron Burch was a microwave off the bench scoring 12 straight points (two 3s) that helped PCC put the game away. Carter tossed in seven points and 11 rebounds.

The Lancers won't be in action again until Friday, Dec. 23 when they travel to face LA Pierce College in a 7 p.m. non-conference game.

Release Date: 12/10/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu