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State 14th-Ranked Mt. SAC Downs Men's Basketball

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The Pasadena City College men's basketball team opened South Coast Conference play Wednesday with a 71-56 loss at state No. 14-ranked Mt. San Antonio. The unranked Lancers had their overall record drop back to .500 at 8-8.

After surpassing both the total win marks of the previous two seasons by mid-December, PCC lost its third straight game. The Lancers continue to lead the five SCC North Division teams in overall defense at 66 points allowed per contest. However, those numbers took a hit with winter holiday road non-conference losses at LA Pierce, 88-73, on Dec. 23, and at No. 4-ranked Mt. San Jacinto, 88-47, played Dec. 30.

At Mt. SAC, PCC led just once at 10-8 on a Givon Crump jumper. The Mounties used a 12-4 run to take a 35-25 halftime lead. The Lancers could not mount a rally over the final 20 minutes. The team's loose ball handling resulted in 29 turnovers. On the plus side, Pasadena held high-scoring Mt. SAC to 13 points below its season average.

Crump, the Lancers' sophomore stalwart shooter (pictured), led all scorers with 20 points and added eight rebounds plus six assists. The only other PCC double digit scorer was sophomore guard Jerrick Thomas with 10 points (along with four assists and three steals). The seven freshmen who played combined to score just 26 points. Center Lorelle Martin contributed five points and a team-best 10 rebounds.

The Mounties (10-5) had five players reach double figures as Corey Allen tallied a team-high 18 points. Mt. SAC made 22 of 33 free throws while PCC converted 8-for-15 at the line (Crump was 7-of-8).

Pasadena is looking to win its first home conference game since 2009 when it hosts LA Trade Tech Friday, Jan. 6. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

Release Date: 01/05/12
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