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Dannin Is Dandy In Overtime, Men's Basketball Wins 2nd Straight

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For 40 minutes of regulation play and the first half of a 5-minute overtime period, Pasadena City College men's basketball guard Dannin Harris had not contributed a single point of an 85-85 nailbiter between the Lancers and host Long Beach City College. In the following 68 seconds, Harris single-handedly sparked PCC with all eight points of an 8-2 run as the Lancers won their second straight South Coast Conference interdivisional game, 97-87, Wednesday night.

PCC moved to 3-9 while LBCC fell to 4-9.

Harris, a sophomore transfer from Panola College in Texas, broke the game open as he started his mini run by following a miss by teammate Shawn Hampton and laying in a basket for an 87-85 Lancers' lead with 2:26 left in OT. A defensive rebound by Harris started the next PCC possession that he capped with a 3-point play, on a layup and one (free throw). After Long Beach's Leo Arnold made a pair of free throws to cut it to 90-87, Harris quickly responded by drilling a 3-point bomb with 1:18 left that finished his run and finished off the Vikings.

Long Beach held a 75-66 lead with 7:43 to go in the second half before Hampton's 3-pointer topped off a 15-3 Pasadena run, lifting the Lancers ahead, 81-78, with 2:05 left in regulation. Arnold, though, sent the game to overtime by hitting a free throw with seven seconds remaining, tying it 81-81.

While Harris (pictured) was effective in OT, Jordan Block, Hampton, and Marcus Harvey were a big three for PCC in regulation. Block finished with a game-high 29 points to go with 11 rebounds and 4 steals. Hampton added 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the field, and contributed 6 assists and 4 steals. Harvey, a freshman forward, fouled out just before the end of regulation, but not before totaling 15 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots.

Sophomore forward Elliott Berry scored six of his 12 points in overtime as PCC outscored Long Beach, 16-6, in the extra period.

For LBCC, Arnold was all over the floor with 17 points, 15 assists and 7 rebounds.

PCC next faces San Bernardino Valley in the first round of the Imperial Valley College Holiday Tournament on Monday, Dec. 28 at 3 p.m. The tourney continues Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 29-30.

Release Date: 12/23/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu