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Pace Shewan Mannion (born September 22, 1960 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA.

A 6' 7" (2.00 m) shooting guard from the University of Utah, he was selected 43rd overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1983 NBA Draft. Over six seasons with as many teams, he averaged 3.1 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

Pace Mannion fan club

In 1983, a group of Rice University students at Wiess College started the Pace Mannion Fan Club after watching him trip over his own feet while taking a breakaway layup during the NCAA playoffs. The fan club would attend Mannion's NBA games in Houston and occasionally San Antonio, and would scream for Mannion to play, normally only to see him get a few minutes of floor time.[1][2]

On January 14, 1986, Mannion and the Utah Jazz came to play the Houston Rockets, who had a 20-game home unbeaten streak. About 125 members of the Pace Mannion Fan Club attended the game.[1][2]

The fan club cheered "Pace, Pace, he's our Mannion" all night. Utah coach Frank Layden sent Mannion into the game early in the fourth quarter. By the time the game ended, Mannion had 13 points. The Jazz won the game 105-102.[1][2]

References

  1. ^ a b c Falkoff, Robert (January 15, 1986), "Jazz halts Rocket streak at 20", The Houston Post: 1H  
  2. ^ a b c Harasim, Paul (January 15, 1986), "Mannion fan club prevents Rockets from keeping the pace", The Houston Post: 3A  

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