A 20-8 spurt midway through the second half lifted Harbor College to an easy 94-74 victory over College of the Desert on Wednesday night at Harbor. The win, Harbor's opener in the Southern California Athletic Conference, was the Seahawks' seventh straight.
Harbor improved to 10-6, while Desert dropped to 9-11.
Harbor used a pressing defense during the second-half run, forcing Desert into 10 turnovers.
"We had one stint where we really played good defense," co-Coach Ken Curry said of Harbor's 20-8 run. "We didn't play as well as I wanted, but I think we really wore them down in the second half."
Seahawk forward Mike Lee led the way during the second half spurt with six of the 20 points. Lee finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Hot-shooting guard Mark Hill led all scorers with 34 points. He pumped in 24 in leading the Seahawks to a 44-41 half-time advantage. Hill nailed three three-point shots along with several impressive drives.
Early foul trouble kept Harbor guard Bruce Turner, who averages 11 points a game, to zero in the first half. Turner pulled down four rebounds and added two points in the second half.
Desert's 6-foot-7, 210-pound sophomore center Lamont McIntosh led the Roadrunners with 23 points, but his work under the boards was not enough. Harbor out-rebounded Desert, 43-28.
Roadrunner guards Lerron Campbell and Joe McFerrin combined for 29 points.
Harbor forward Jerome Hendrix hit for 13 and forward Ron Lewis added 12.
Last season, Harbor beat Desert twice by a total of 15 points.
Harbor plays host to Rio Hondo Friday at 7:30 p.m.