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Men's Hoops Snakebit At End v. Compton, 80-78

Men's Hoops Snakebit At End v. Compton, 80-78 image

With 1:05 left, frosh center Marcus Harvey's put-back basket gave the Pasadena City College men's basketball team a 76-75 lead. But in an intense South Coast Conference North Division game against El Camino College Compton Center, it was the last hurrah for the Lancers in an 80-78 loss Friday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

Compton (9-12, 2-3 in conference play) took the lead for good on a jumper by Norman Tidwell with 45 seconds remaining. Just moments later, LaVon Myers stole it from PCC's Shawn Hampton in the Lancer backcourt and quickly hit a layup to make it 79-76. PCC cut it to one on a Terrell Jones' driving basket before a Myers free throw got the Tartars' lead to two.

PCC could not get off a shot on its last possession, turning it over as time ran out. The Lancers (6-15 overall) are now 1-4 in conference play.

For the Lancers, sophomore forward Jordan Block scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half as PCC took a 44-38 halftime lead. The Lancers fought back from 10-0 and 25-13 deficits.

In the second half, it was Compton that would storm back. A Jones' 3-pointer gave PCC a 64-57 lead, but the Tartars wouldn't go away, eventually pulling ahead 75-71 with 2:31 left.

Elliott Berry, a sophomore forward, delivered 20 points (three 3s) and 13 rebounds while Harvey also reached a double-double on 12 points and 13 rebounds. Hampton added 11 points and 6 assists and Jones, a frosh point guard, contributed 10 points and 7 assists.

While PCC outshot and outrebounded Compton, the Lancers had a troubling 28 turnovers compared to just 14 by the Tartars.

Pasadena's roster has dwindled to eight players as transfer guard Dannin Harris, a Houston native, left the team for personal reasons.

PCC next hosts Los Angeles Trade Tech College Wednesday, Feb. 10 in a 7:30 p.m. conference.

[Photo--Terrell Jones goes up for a shot during PCC's 80-78 loss to ECC Compton Center Friday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/06/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu