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Men's Basketball's Spencer Signs With Cal Baptist

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Pasadena City College men's basketball forward Taj Spencer traded one Lancer mascot for another as he signed a scholarship offer to attend California Baptist University in Riverside. Spencer was an All-State and All-South Coast Conference First Team selection in his only season at PCC in 2013-14. 

Spencer averaged 18 points a game and his 559 total points was 13th in the state. He was fifth in the state in total field goals with 210, all 2-point baskets. He averaged a Lancers' best 8.2 rebounds per contest. Early in the season, he reached the third highest single-game scoring total in PCC history with 43 points in an overtime win over Victor Valley. 

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Spencer is a product of Canyon Springs High (Moreno Valley). 

Spencer led PCC to its first playoff appearance in 10 years and the No. 12-seeded Lancers to an upset triumph over No. 5 Saddleback. 

At CBU, Spencer will play for a former community college head coach Rick Croy, who directed Citrus to a state title in 2008. Spencer played for PCC head coach Michael Swanegan after playing one season for current Lancers' assistant Criss Freeman when he was the head coach at Mt. San Antonio College in 2011-12.

Cal Baptist is a NCAA Division II institution. The Lancers went 24-4 and reached the D-II championship tournament last season. 

Release Date: 04/16/14
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