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Surging Long Beach Downs Men's Cagers, 79-62

Surging Long Beach Downs Men's Cagers, 79-62 image

The last time the Pasadena City College men's basketball team got a glimpse of Friday's opponent Long Beach City College, the Vikings were reeling. While PCC didn't face LBCC at its L.L. Kennedy & Associates Thanksgiving Classic, Long Beach lost three straight games in the round-robin tournament. The Vikings opened the season with eight straight defeats.

Fast forward to the new year and Long Beach is suddenly one of the state's hottest teams. In a game that featured the second place teams from each division of the South Coast Conference, The Vikings won their fourth straight contest in knocking off PCC, 79-62, at Long Beach's Champions Gym.

Pasadena (12-9 and 3-3 in the SCC North Division standings) led at 22-17 with less than nine minutes left in the first half. That would be PCC's last highlight. LBCC exploded for an 18-4 spurt and led 40-31 by halftime. In the second half, Chris Smith's jumper closed the gap to 43-37, but then things got ugly for the Lancers. PCC missed its next 13 shots from the floor while Long Beach (14-4, 5-1 in the SCC South) scored 14 straight points and put the contest away.

Smith, a freshman guard, came off the bench to lead the Lancers with 11 points. Frosh forward Alec Tatum (pictured) posted a season-high 17 rebounds along with seven points. Starting sophomore point guard Jerrick Thomas added 10 points, six assists and five rebounds. It was an off night for SCC leading scorer Givon Crump, who was limited to nine points but played only 13 minutes and did not start.

Freshman reserve guards Ryan McGrath (eight points) and Georges Laguerre (seven points) each had their conference season highs in scoring.

For Long Beach, Will Ervin led four players in double digits with 15 points.

PCC hosts Los Angeles Harbor College Wednesday, Jan. 25. Tip-off for the SCC game is 6 p.m. as there is no men's/women's doubleheader that evening.

Release Date: 01/21/12
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