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Men's Hoops Clinch 2nd Place in SCC North
The Pasadena City College men's basketball team took care of business in its regular season finale Wednesday night. The Lancers clinched second place in the South Coast Conference North Division behind a 71-61 triumph over East Los Angeles at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
Coach Mike Swanegan's Lancers finished the regular season with a 16-12 overall record and closed out SCC play at 7-6. Now, PCC can only wait and hope its season will continue when the Southern California 20-team regional playoff field is announced on Monday.
In a mock crystal ball seeding done by pollsters on the front page of the men's basketball coaches association website ( http://www.cccaamensbasketball.com/), the Lancers figured to be placed as the 20th seed. PCC is trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
Against ELAC, the South Coast Conference's leading scorer and PCC sophomore guard Givon Crump played his last Lancer home game. Crump scored 22 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Crump was 9-for-11 at the free throw line. PCC sank 21 of 26 attempts from the line (80.8 percent).
While Crump's 20.3 points-per-game average is the only double-digit average of any Lancer this season, PCC actually put four players in double figures versus the Huskies (12-13, 5-7). Frosh guard Chris Smith scored 14 points, followed by sophomore guard Jerrick Thomas (6-for-6 at the line) with 11 points. Thomas added seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. Freshman guard Marquise Tolson came off the bench to score all 10 of his points in the first half.
The lead changed hands eight times in the first half before PCC grabbed a 32-31 halftime lead on a dunk by Tolson. PCC stayed ahead the rest of the way as the Lancers scored the first 10 points of the second half. The Huskies went more than five minutes without a point.
For Pasadena, freshman forward Laik Carter added seven points and six rebounds.
East LA was paced by Deon Geary with 20 points.
[Photo--Givon Crump helped PCC to a 7-4 record in home games this season. He's seen here taking a jumper during the team's 71-61 win over visiting East Los Angeles Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 02/15/12