BY STEPHEN LYNCH Special to The Californian
Lawrence Moore scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Bakersfield College men's basketball team to a 90-74 victory Saturday over Reedley College in the third-place game of the BC Renegades Thanksgiving Classic at the Gil Bishop Sports Center.
The 6-foot-3 freshman guard from Chicago connected on 12 of 16 shots from the field for BC (5-2), which never trailed in the game.
Leading 20-18, the Renegades closed out the first half on a 21-6 run to take control.
BC lost its opening-round game of the two-day event, 78-54, to Merritt College on Friday.
"It was a lot better than last night," BC coach Rich Hughes said. "We didn't play very well last night and they came out and responded. It's always hard to play in a third-place game, but we got the victory."
The Renegades led by as many as 20 points and never less than nine during the final 20 minutes.
Moore's hot hand helped the Renegades shoot 53.8-percent from the floor as a team.
"We just came out and had intensity from the start," Hughes said. "We had a lot of good contributions from guys on the bench and our leading-scorer guys, they produced tonight."
Andre Frazier had 22 points and Walter Orr tallied 17 points and four steals for Reedley (4-3), which turned the ball over 18 times.
Frazier, who entered the tournament as the state's No. 3 leading scorer, averaging 25 points per game, sat out the first half because he overslept and missed the Reedley team bus.
The Renegades' Corey Mitchell (16 points) and Van Holloway (13 points) were the only other players to score in double figures for either team.
Allan Hancock beat Merritt, 82-79, in the championship game.