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El Camino Buzzer Beater Stuns Men's Cagers, 71-70

El Camino Buzzer Beater Stuns Men's Cagers, 71-70 image

It seemed like the perfect ending for the Pasadena City College men's basketball team Wednesday night in its South Coast Conference game against El Camino College at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. The Lancers battled back from 10 points down in the second half, then took the lead, 70-68, when sophomore guard Chris Smith made a driving layup with only 3.8 seconds remaining. 

But a sure win turned into a nightmare following two timeouts. El Camino rushed the ball up court and guard Joshua Wilson hit a desperation 3-pointer at the circle as time expired to give the Warriors a thrilling 71-70 victory.

The Lancers dropped to 7-15 overall and 3-6 in SCC games. El Camino improved to 7-13 and also 3-6 in conference.

Wilson led all scorers with 17 points (eight rebounds and seven assists) while Smith was PCC's top scorer with 15 points. Smith, an All-SCC Second Team selection last season, had missed four games with a leg injury before coming off the bench to lift the Lancers. 

Down the stretch, Smith nailed two jumpers as both teams fought for the lead in the final few minutes. Also for PCC, sophomore guard Mike Swanegan scored 12 points (four 3-pointers) and had four assists while reserve sophomore forward Marquise Tolson delivered 10 points. 

The Lancers' bench accounted for 47 points, including nine (and four rebounds) by sophomore guard Evan Brooks and seven by frosh forward Bryce Clifton. Another reserve, first-year guard Gary Matthews contributed six points, four rebounds and four assists. 

For El Camino, Marcus Clark scored 14 points and Brandon Boyd had a double-double on 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Warriors led 41-32 at halftime. El Camino went on a 23-6 run after PCC built an early 20-14 lead.

In a game played Feb. 1 at LA Harbor College, the Seahawks used a tough 2-3 zone to shut down the Lancers, 63-53. In that game, PCC's bench again made noise as both Clifton and Matthews scored 11 points. Starting frosh point guard Jeffrey Dockett led the team with 14 points and five assists. The two teams combined to shoot just 83 total shots from the floor (39 by the Lancers).

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, PCC returns to action with a 7 p.m. North Division game at first-place Mt. San Antonio College.

[Photo--Lancer Chris Smith hits the go-ahead basket here with 3.8 seconds left only to see El Camino pull out the win on a buzzer beater, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 02/07/13
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu