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Hampton Explodes For 35 Points In Men's Hoops' Road Triumph

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For several recent games, the Pasadena City College men's basketball team put out a search party for sophomore guard Shawn Hampton. Not for Hampton the person, just for his shooting touch. On Tuesday, the letterman returned to form in a big way as he scored 35 points in the Lancers' 96-81, South Coast Conference win over Cerritos College at Gahr High School.

The Lancers won for the second time in nine conference games, improving to 7-15 overall. Cerritos is 8-15 and 2-7 in the SCC.

Hampton made 14 of 24 shots from the floor, including sinking three 3-pointers, and he added five rebounds plus four assists. While Hampton's scoring returned, freshman center-forward Josh Johnson played his best game as a Lancer.

Johnson sizzled from the field, making 11 of 14 attempts, and he was a force on the boards. He finished with 27 points and a team season-high 19 rebounds. Johnson performed his near 20-20 with his father, former NBA and UCLA star Marques Johnson, watching proudly from the stands.

The combination of Hampton-Johnson helped PCC shoot 60 percent from the floor as a team. The Lancers led 48-40 at halftime, but Cerritos cut it to 66-64 with more than 11 minutes remaining. At that point, Hampton and Johnson combined for the next 17 Lancers' points as PCC rebuilt its larger advantage.

Forward Marcus Harvey contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots while guard Evan Brooks added eight points and six boards.

For Cerritos, Darius Williams led the way with 19 points.

PCC will travel to face Mt. San Antonio College Friday, Feb. 4 in a 7 p.m. conference tilt.

[Photo--Shawn Hampton drives to the hoop during PCC's 96-81 win over Cerritos at Gahr High Tuesday evening, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/02/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu