Marymount Palos Verdes College Coach Jim Masterson said a prayer before Wednesday night's opening tip, but it didn't help. Harbor College dumped the Mariners, 89-70, at Harbor.
Masterson figured his club could upset Harbor with a trapping defense, and he was right, but only for the game's first 10 minutes. Harbor pulled ahead, 45-31, at intermission, hitting 17 of 31 from the field.
Marymount's defense did alter the flow of the Seahawk offense, but Harbor still hit 56% from the field. The Mariners shot 38% and never had enough opportunities to erase several 20-point deficits.
After Harbor went up by 21 at 64-43, the Mariners cut the deficit to 13 on Damon Bass' 10-foot jumper with 10 minutes left. But Harbor ran off 12 straight and Coach Ken Curry was ready to empty his bench.
The Seahawks had 25 turnovers to Marymount's 17, but the giveaways meant little. Harbor continually broke Marymount's press in the second half.
Freshman Jerome Hendrix and sophomore Mark Hill each had 22 points for the Seahawks. Bruce Turner added 11.
Mariner Chris Stallworth turned in 14 points and 12 rebounds.