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 November 17, 2012

The Prairie State men’s basketball team has been venturing into uncharted waters, and that’s not a bad thing.

The Pioneers, despite trailing host Truman 49-44 at the break Friday night, went home to Chicago Heights with the positive vibes of a strong start to a season fully intact following a 92-80 come-from-behind triumph over the Falcons in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

The victory improved PSC’s best start in program history to 4-0 and witnessed several strong individual efforts.

Four players reached double-digits in the scoring column for the Pioneers and two cracked the 20-point plateau.

Freshman forward Joe Hughes (Thornwood H.S.) delivered a team-high 25-point, five-rebound, three-steal effort.

Not far off that pace was freshman guard Tarik Lynch (Rich Central H.S.), who’s 21-point showing complemented Hughes’ effort nicely.

Lynch shot 8-of-16 from the floor, including a 2-of-7 showing from three-point land and perfect 3-of-3 display from the free-throw line. The 6-foot Lynch also picked up a season-high 10 steals while adding six assists.

Lynch currently sits fourth nationally in swipes.

Freshman forwards Tommy Green (Thornridge H.S.) and Eric Roberson (Homeschooled) both added 12-point contests.

Freshman guards Colin Stankus (Quentin Road Christina School), (7 points, 6 assists, 4 steals) and Geray Bagby (Thornridge H.S.), (5 points, 5 assists) along with freshman forward Leaon Reed (Oak Lawn H.S.), (6 rebounds, block) also made strong contribututions.

Hughes and Lynch both stood exceptionally tall in the second stanza, scoring 13 and 12 points respectively.

The Falcons (1-5) held a 63-54 advantage with 13:58 to play before the Pioneers went to work.

Green made it a 63-57 game when he converted an old-fashioned three-point play at 13:18.

The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Green’s tallies came on the front end of a 9-0 PSC run that eventually ended on a strong layup by Hughes, tying the tilt at 63-all. Hughes tallied four points during the momentum-swinging surge.

Roberson gave PSC a 65-64 edge when he drained a pair from the charity stripe with 11;10 to play.

A pair of free throws form both Bagby and Roberson at 10:51 and 10:13 gave PSC a 69-64 edge and the Pioneers never looked back.

PSC will be in action next on Tuesday when they travel to Champaign for a road date with Parkland (7 p.m.).

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