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Men's Hoops Deep-Six ELAC, 88-63

Men's Hoops Deep-Six ELAC, 88-63 image

Sometimes less really is more. Ask the Pasadena City College men's basketball team after the performance it put together with just six players Friday night. The Lancers played four starters all 40 minutes and blew out host East Los Angeles College, 88-63, to break PCC's four-game, South Coast Conference North Division losing streak.

Pasadena (7-16, 2-5 in conference) received season-best performances by the backcourt of point guard Terrell Jones and sophomore guard B.J. Rosary, who took advantage of a rare start. 

Jones scored 16 points and dished out a season-high 11 assists plus grabbing 5 rebounds. Rosary (No. 14 pictured) scored 9 of his season-high 10 points in the first half when PCC jumped out to a 38-26 lead.

Sophomore forward Elliott Berry broke out of his recent slump with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocked shots. Berry was 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Freshman forward Marcus Harvey was on fire from the floor, making his last eight straight shots and finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Harvey was 9-for-13 on field goals.

Frosh guard Shawn Hampton made up for his scoreless first half by scoring 17 second-half points, including four 3-point bombs. Hampton added 5 assists. Hampton was the lone Lancer starter to see bench time as center Greg Harvey (no relation to Marcus) spelled Hampton late in the first half. PCC shot 65.4 percent from the floor in the second half (17 of 26 shots) and 54.8 percent overall. 

The Lancers mesmerized ELAC with their long-range missiles. PCC made 10 from beyond 3-point range, including a surprising three from Jones. 

The Huskies (8-15, 3-3 in conference play) lost despite a game-high 26 points from Jeremy Gerardo. 

PCC trailed early 16-11 before putting together an 18-4 scoring spurt. Rosary hit three straight outside shots to cap the run and give PCC a 29-20 lead. 

"We just want to be spoilers," said PCC Head Coach Michael Swanegan. "We told Jones we needed him to be a scorer. B.J. played his heart out and hit some big shots. Marcus Harvey did a great job on both ends of the floor. ELAC beat us pretty good at our place, so I guess we got to return the favor at their court."

The Lancers close out the 2009-2010 season Wednesday, Feb. 17 when they host conference leader Mt. San Antonio College in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

Release Date: 02/12/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu