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Smith's Buzzer Beater Gives Men's Hoops 76-74 Home Victory

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Dribbling the ball at halfcourt, freshman Chris Smith knew there would not be much time to create a play. So the speedy reserve point guard made a spint to the basket and his layup dropped in with just 0.7 seconds left, giving the Pasadena City College men's basketball team a thrilling, 76-74 victory over Los Angeles Trade-Tech Friday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

Smith's heroic basket came after Trade-Tech's Taylor Shipley swished a long-range 3-pointer that tied it 74-74 with just seven seconds remaining. With no timeouts, PCC had no choice but to go fast to get off a last shot. After the Smith layup, Trade-Tech's desperation inbounds pass was stolen by Lancers' starting point guard Jerrick Thomas as time finally expired.

Pasadena snapped a 3-game losing streak and won for the first time in a home conference game since Feb. 11, 2009. The Lancers went 0-6 last season in SCC home games and 0-4 in conference games at the H-P Gym in 2010. Pasadena also jumped past the .500 mark at 9-8 overall while evening its SCC record to 1-1.

Thomas, a sophomore transfer, had his finest game of the season. In the first half, he made all six of his shots from the floor (including three 3-pointers) to score 18 points and help PCC take a 47-38 lead. Thomas finished tied with teammate Givon Crump for team-high scoring honors with 24 points. The 5-foot-11 Thomas led Pasadena in rebounds with nine, in assists with four, and steals with six.

Crump was 9-for-11 from the free throw line. Freshman forward Marquise Tolson added 13 points. Smith, from Monrovia High, finished with six points.

LA Trade-Tech (5-10, 0-2) was led by a game-high 25 points by Josh Chatman and 21 points and 12 rebonds from reserve center Clint Bozner.

PCC led by as much as 15 points during the first half. A Crump free throw regained Pasadena's lead at 70-69 with 1:36 remaining. With 22 seconds left, Thomas made a clutch offensive rebound following a Tolson miss and was fouled. Thomas sank those two free throws to give PCC a 72-69 advantage.

The Lancers made 17 of 30 shots from the floor in the first 20 minutes (56.7 percent).

Pasadena will host El Camino College-Compton Center Wednesday, Jan. 11 in a 7 p.m. tip-off at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

[Photo--Chris Smith goes up for the winning basket for the Lancers Friday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 01/06/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu