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Berry's Five 3s Help Men's Hoops Snap 9-Game Losing Streak, Beat LASW, 66-63

Berry's Five 3s Help Men's Hoops Snap 9-Game Losing Streak, Beat LASW, 66-63 image

No one said it would be easy, but the Pasadena City College men's basketball team didn't think it would have to sweat out the end of a 9-game losing streak Wednesday night. The Lancers blew a 21-point, second-half lead, but held on to defeat Los Angeles Southwest College, 66-63, at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

The Lancers won for the first time since opening night and improved to 2-9. The Cougars, who were coming off winning their own Intensity Classic tournament title, fell to 6-7. 

PCC was led by All-South Coast Conference returning sophomore forward Elliott Berry, who scored 19 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Berry sank five 3-pointers, including one that stopped a 15-0 run by the Cougars with 5:38 left. 

Although PCC held leads of 37-21 at halftime and then 44-23 on a trey by Berry with 16:30 left, LA Southwest stormed back into the game. The Cougars would eventually tie the game, 58-58, on a layup by Dontae Clark with 3:52 remaining. 

At that point, freshman forward Marcus Harvey made some crucial plays to get PCC back in front. Harvey hit a layup with 2:39 left to make it 60-58. He would sink two free throws with 48 seconds to go to increase the margin to 65-61. 

Berry hit a free throw with 8.5 seconds left for a 66-63 advantage. The veteran sealed it with a steal on the Cougars' last possession.

PCC's roster is down to nine players, but that's fine with head coach Mike Swanegan. 

"We finally have players buying into our system, rather than fighting it," he said. "We have some players that didn't work out for us, and now I feel we have a group that will listen to what we have to say. It was a big win for us. We need to build on this performance."

Harvey finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Sophomore guard Dannin Harris added 11 points and sophomore center Matt Salinas delivered 6 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. Frosh point guard Terrell Jones contributed 8 points (two 3s) and dished out 6 assists. 

For LASW, Layne led the team with 13 points and 6 assists.

PCC next travels to face Long Beach City College on Wednesday, Dec. 23 in a 5 p.m., non-conference tip-off.

[Photo--Elliott Berry, seen here taking a shot in a recent game, had 19 points and 11 rebounds in PCC's 66-63 win over LA Southwest Wednesday night.]

Release Date: 12/16/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu