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Hot Shooting Helps Men's Basketball Trip Trade-Tech, 91-78
Superb shooting from the floor and from the free throw line helped the Pasadena City College men's basketball team record a 91-78, South Coast Conference road victory Wednesday at Los Angeles Trade-Tech.
Led by another monster effort from sophomore guard Givon Crump, the Lancers upped their overall record to 14-12 and SCC North Division mark to 5-6. Crump got into an old-fashioned shooting duel with Trade-Tech's DaSean Anderson. Crump scored 24 of his game-high 37 points in the second half as PCC rebounded from a 42-38 halftime deficit.
Anderson hit 9 of 13 shots from the field in the first half and went on to score 31 points for the Beavers (7-17, 2-9).
The Lancers shot 57 percent from the floor in the second half and 51.8 percent overall (29 of 56 attempts). At the line, the team sank 28 of 36 attempts for a 77.8 percent accuracy. PCC was at its best inside the 3-point line, making a sizzling 24 of 38 shots, many on jump shots from 10 to 20 foot away.
PCC built an early 32-19 lead only to see Trade-Tech's Anderson go on a binge that resulted in a 23-4 Beavers run. Anderson hit his last six straight shots from the floor, many from outside 20 feet.
LA Trade-Tech jumped ahead, 50-42, but the Lancers whittled that advantage away, eventually taking the lead for good, 68-67, on two Crump free throws with 8:43 left in the game. Anderson hit the shot of the night as he scored on a no-look, reverse layup that cut it to 70-69. With two minutes left, Carter scored a bucket off an offensive rebound, and then Crump swished a 24-foot bomb to put the finishing touches to a PCC victory.
Crump actually was one of the few players to shoot below 50 percent, hitting 10 of 21 attempts, including making four 3-pointers. He was 13-for-16 from the line. Crump's entire game was at peak level as he recorded 10 rebounds, five assists and made two steals.
Several Lancers came up with big efforts including frosh forward Laik Carter, who scored 14 points (5-for-8 from the field, 4-for-4 at the line) and grabbed nine rebounds while playing stellar defense. Freshman guard Chris Smith was perfect from the field, making all five of his attempts in scoring 11 points. First-year forward Alec Tatum (3-for-3 on field goals) came off the bench to score seven points and add seven rebounds.
Sophomore point guard Jerrick Thomas played all 40 minutes as he tallied 10 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and made five steals. Thomas leads the SCC in steals with a 3.1 average per game.
Pasadena travels to face El Camino College-Compton Center Friday, Feb. 10 in a 7 p.m. SCC tip-off.
[Photo-Laik Carter drives the paint for the Lancers in their 91-78 win at LA Trade-Tech Wednesday evening, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 02/08/12