News: Red-Hot Shooting Lifts Men's Hoops Past 16th-Ranked SMC, 81-60
Dropped from the state top 20 poll earlier in the week, the host Pasadena City College men's basketball team made a clear statement to return to the rankings with a sharp-shooting, 80-61 non-conference victory over No. 16 Santa Monica Friday night. PCC extended its win streak to three games.
The Lancers (9-4 record) made 15 of 23 shots to hit 65 percent from the field in the second half to negate a SMC rally. PCC led 39-30 at halftime and upped the lead to 13 points, 52-39, on an Adrian Miles layup.
Santa Monica roared back and cut it to 54-50 on a Henry Anyanwu basket with less than 12 minutes left. Over the next seven minutes, the Lancers went on a 20-7 run capped by back-to-back, 3-point bombs by Miles. The Corsairs (11-3) and head coach Jerome Jenkins put out the proverbial white flag as he had his squad purposely run out the shot clock during a possession in the final minute.
PCC finished making 55.6 percent from the field (30 of 54 shots), including hitting half of their 3-point attempts (6-for-12). Point guard Jeffrey Dockett led the Lancers with 25 points, five assists, three steals and four rebounds. Dockett was 10-for-17 from the field.
Forward Taj Spencer totaled 15 points and 13 rebounds (plus three assists) and reserve forward Rashad Smith was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and scored 12 points with four rebounds. Miles sank three 3-pointers, netting 11 points. Center Faruk Oyalade contributed six points and four rebounds.
It was a homecoming of sorts for two former Lancers, now playing at Santa Monica. Reserve forward Laik Carter, a Lancer from two seasons ago, scored nine of his 11 points in the first half and was one of the few Corsairs who played well, adding four rebounds. Tyler James, who played three years ago for PCC, started for SMC, but did not score. Keilan Horton led the Corsairs with 14 points.
"Looking down the line, this could be a very big win for us from a postseason standpoint," said PCC head coach Michael Swanegan. "We beat a quality Santa Monica team that was pretty hot coming into the game. We shot the ball extremely well from the outside and in the post. Defensively, we kept them from getting the open three and we outrebounded them. It was a great effort by the whole squad."
The Lancers outrebounded the Corsairs, 36-28, including 24 defensive boards.
PCC plays at the Imperial Valley Tournament December 27-29. The Lancers open with a December 27 game v. San Diego Miramar at 7 p.m. Pasadena will begin South Coast Conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 8 against visiting East Los Angeles College. Tip-off for that contest is 5 p.m.
[Photo--Jeffrey Dockett launches a shot during PCC's win over Santa Monica Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 12/20/2013