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Men’s College Basketball: South Suburban College coasts past Indiana Dabney

Updated: March 20, 2014 6:37AM



Struggling to put away Indiana Dabney, South Suburban College’s men’s basketball team got a big boost from its bench Tuesday night.

Specifically, it was Lavell Boyd and Johnnie Stevens who got the Bulldogs going. The duo combined for 34 points, all in the second half, as South Suburban — after leading just 49-41 with 15 minutes to go — ran away with a 103-61 win in South Holland.

“Lavell Boyd came in and gave us a big lift,” South Suburban coach John Pigatti said. “(Starting point guard) Anthony Strickland isn’t playing really well for us right now. You see it all the time where a kid that’s waited for his turn steps up late in the season and Lavell did that.”

Stevens (19 points, 12 rebounds), Thornton product Charles Knowles (17 points, 5 rebounds) and Boyd (15 points) led the Bulldogs (23-5), who are ranked No. 5 in NJCAA Division II.

Boyd scored seven points and Stevens six during a 14-5 surge that stretched the lead to 63-46 with 11:20 to go. Stevens, whom Pigatti said had missed 10 straight three-point attempts after opening the game with a miss, buried a pair of treys during a later 16-2 stretch.

“Our defense got us going,” Stevens said. “Once we picked up our defensive intensity, we started playing better on offense, too.”

The final 10 minutes mostly were a layup drill for the Bulldogs, who turned turnovers — and Indiana Dabney failing to get back on defense after missed shots — into easy buckets on their way to scoring 35 points over the final 10.

Knowles and Jalen Brown (13 points, 7 rebounds) had big first halves for South Suburban, taking advantage of Dabney’s lack of size inside.

Thornton product Antonio Levy and Crete-Monee alum Marius Hopkins (7 rebounds) had eight points each for the Bulldogs.

Anthony Harris paced Dabney (2-13) with 17 points.



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