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Harvey Returns, But Men's Basketball Continues Habit Of Close Defeats

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It could be argued that the Pasadena City College men's basketball team has already faced its three toughest South Coast Conference opponents to start the new year. But close losses to Mt. San Antonio (five points margin), LA Trade Tech (three points), and Wednesday's failure at El Camino College-Compton Center, 93-87, are small consolation for the struggling Lancers.

Despite the return from injury of sophomore forward Marcus Harvey, PCC lost its seventh straight contest. Pasadena is 5-11 overall and 0-3 in SCC play. Compton improved to 9-6 overall and 1-2 in conference.

Harvey, who came off the bench midway through the first half, didn't miss a beat from being sidelined for five games due to a knee sprain. The talented 6-foot-6 letterman scored 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor and added five rebounds and three blocked shots. 

Harvey's play helped PCC secure a tie by halftime, 35-35. In the second half, the Lancers and Tartars traded nine lead changes. PCC would go ahead for the last time at 54-52 on a layup by Shawn Hampton with 12:15 left in the game.

At that point, Compton went to a full-court press and the defense flustered the Lancers. PCC would make turnovers on six consecutive possessions as Compton built a 71-60 lead with 6:38 remaining. 

PCC refused to quit as Harvey (pictured) sank a baseline jumper that cut it to 82-80 with 2:18 to go. Back-to-back baskets by Compton guard Sylvester Thomas iced the contest. 

Overall, Hampton led all scorers with 26 points. The All-SCC guard was 9-for-14 from the floor and 6-for-8 at the free throw line. Freshman forward Josh Johnson once again was electryifying as he scored 16 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, made four assists and blocked two shots. 

Point guard James Owens added nine points and six assists while center Yusuf Hassan had nine points and nine rebounds. PCC shot 51.7 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line. But shaky ball-handling cost the Lancers as they made a season-high 35 turnovers.

Compton was paced by Andrew Haley, who scored 22 points and made four of the Tartars' 20 steals. 

PCC next hosts East Los Angeles College Friday, Jan. 14 in a 7 p.m. conference tip-off at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

Release Date: 01/13/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu