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News: Spencer Scores 43, Third Highest Total in PCC Men'S Hoops History

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It was the third highest scoring total by a Pasadena City College men's basketball player ever, and the Lancers needed every one of the 43 points scored by Taj Spencer on Sunday. Spencer, a transfer forward from Mt. San Antonio College, rallied the Lancers, sinking a free throw with four seconds left as PCC downed Victor Valley, 99-98, in overtime to close out the San Bernardino Valley Alvin Hunter Classic, round-robin tournament. 

The Lancers (4-2) trailed by six points, 96-90, with 2:35 left in the extra period but cut it to two, 98-96, on a Spencer layup with 28 seconds left. With 15 seconds to go, sophomore guard Jeffrey Dockett hit a layup on a Spencer pass to tie it. Then with four seconds to go, Spencer the winning basket at the line.

It was one of the great all-around efforts in PCC history by Spencer, who grabbed 20 rebounds, and dished out five assists. The 6-foot-7 Spencer made 75 percent of his shots from the field, hitting 18 field goals in 24 attempts. He was 7-for-13 from the line. For his accomplishments, Spencer was named to the All-Hunter Classic tournament team.

Also against VVC, Dockett had 16 points, five assists and five rebounds and sophomore guard Rashad Smith came off the bench to score 15 points, dropping in a perfect 9-for-9 from the line. Frosh center Frank Oyalade added 11 points (7-for-8 from the line). PCC made 26 of 34 free throws for 76.5 percent. From the floor, the Lancers made 35 of 62 FGs for 56.5 percent.

On Nov. 16, the Lancers' starting five all reached double figures in scoring, led by Spencer's 20 points plus 10 rebounds, in an 84-71 victory over College of the Desert.

Transfer guard Brandon Joseph added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds (plus five assists and four steals). Oyalade just missed being a third PCC player earning a double-double on 14 points and nine rebounds. Dockett tallied 14 points while frosh guard Jonathan Henderson scored 12 points.

PCC had another tremendous day at the free throw line, making 25 of 32 shots for a 78.1 percent accuracy. Spencer was 8-for-9 and Oyalade 6-for-7 to lead the efficient stripe parade. Off the bench, sophomore guard Rashad Smith totaled eight points and eight rebounds.

In the Hunter Classic opener, The Lancers were tied at halftime, 34-34, but would go on to lose to host San Bernardino Valley, 67-58. Dockett scored 18 points, made five steals and had four assists. Spencer added 17 points and nine rebounds while Oyalade had 11 rebounds and four points.

In a look at the highest scoring games in PCC history, current head coach Michael Swanegan has coached two of three highest, including Harold Cleveland's school record of 48 points in a 2007 game.

FIVE HIGHEST SCORING GAMES IN PCC MEN'S BASKETBALL HISTORY,
ELITE LANCERS 40-POINT CLUB

Harold Cleveland, 48 points, Nov. 9, 2007, v. San Jose
Eric McWilliams, 44, 1970
Taj Spencer, 43, Nov. 17, 2013, v. Victor Valley
Sam Robinson, 41, 1968
Terrell Stovall, 41, Nov. 15, 2003, v. Mt. San Jacinto

[Photo--Taj Spencer became just the fifth player in PCC history to score 40 or more points in a game.]

Release Date: 11/19/2013
Contact: Robert Lewis , Sports Information
Phone: (626) 585-7018
Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu