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Crump Passes 500-Point Mark; Men's Cagers Ready For ELAC Showdown

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Sophomore guard Givon Crump scored 23 points Friday as the Pasadena City College men's basketball team regained second place in the South Coast Conference North Division with a 73-65 victory over host El Camino College-Compton Center.

The Lancers (15-12, 6-6 in the SCC) prepare for their home, conference finale against East Los Angeles, (12-12, 5-6), the team chasing them in the division standings. The showdown for second takes place Wednesday, Feb. 15 in a 7 p.m. tip-off at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. If PCC wins the game, it will clinch second place.

The team's playoff chances are still up in there, however. Only conference champions earn automatic playoff spots in the 20-team field. Even if PCC takes second, it's unclear until the Southern California Regional seeding meeting takes place whether the Lancers have enough credentials and meet the different criteria to garner a spot.

Crump, the leading scorer in the entire South Coast Conference this season, has 507 points in just 25 games played for PCC. While there are many Pasadena players who have scored more than 500 points in a single season, he is just the third to do so in his only season at PCC. The last one-season Lancer to perform the feat was James Harris in 1968-69. The other player to score 500 in his one season at the school was PCC Hall of Famer John Trapp, who later played in the NBA. Trapp scored 635 points in a state title run for the 1966-67 Lancers under legendary head coach Jerry Tarkanian.

"Givon is getting offers from several 4-year schools," said PCC Head Coach Michael Swanegan. "He's a special player with a gift for scoring. I think he's a conference MVP candidate. We've relied on him to carry the load on offense and he's done that."

PCC is trying to advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

"All we can do is take care of ourselves and hope it's enough to get us into the playoffs," Swanegan said. "We had all the strong criteria in the world in 2009, and didn't get in because we lost two games to one team ahead of us in the conference--LA Trade Tech. Hopefully, we have better luck with the seeding committee this season."

Against Compton, freshman guard Chris Smith scored 13 points and first-year forward Laik Carter totaled double-digits for the second straight game with 11 points. Sophomore point guard Jerrick Thomas added eight points and dished out 11 assists. Crump was 8-for-9 at the free throw line and led PCC in rebounds with seven.

Release Date: 02/11/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu