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A Foul Night For Men's Basketball, Lose To Mt. SAC, 91-86

A Foul Night For Men's Basketball, Lose To Mt. SAC, 91-86 image

The Pasadena City College men's basketball team appeared to be eyeing an upset when it jumped ahead, 57-51, early in the second half of its South Coast Conference opener against state No. 6-ranked Mt. San Antonio College. However, the Lancers' most effective player, starting forward Josh Johnson, fouled out with 11:10 remaining. 

The fouls kept on coming as the Mounties would make 21 of 31 free throws the rest of the way in posting a 91-86 win Wednesday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

Mt. SAC improved to 12-3 overall as the team sank 30 of 46 free throws overall. Whistled for 28 fouls, PCC dropped its fifth straight game, falling to 5-9. 

Johnson, the son of former NBA and UCLA star Marques Johnson, put on a clinic as he made all eight of his field goal attempts, including three on offensive rebound put-backs. He scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, but his night would end early when he picked up his fifth foul before the nine minute mark. Johnson added six rebounds. 

The Lancers kept things close, taking their last lead at 73-72 on a Tyler James layup with 6:10 left. Mt. SAC went ahead for good at 75-73 on a layup by conference-leading scorer Antonio Biglow with 4:48 remaining.

For PCC, starting forward Evan Brooks led with 18 points plus seven rebounds and three steals. Sophomore guard Shawn Hampton, right behind Biglow in the SCC scoring race, made 10 of 13 free throws as part of his 16 points and he led the Lancers in rebounding with nine boards. Center Yusuf Hassan contributed 12 points and eight rebounds while point guard James Owens came off the bench to tally seven points and seven assists.

Also for the Lancers, James notched eight points as did Michael Swanegan, who sank a pair of 3-pointers. Swanegan is a freshman reserve guard from Diamond Ranch High and the son of PCC's fourth-year head coach Mike Swanegan.

For the Mounties, Biglow led four players in double figures with 18 points. Center Kaimyn Pruitt dominated the inside with 11 points and 17 rebounds.

PCC shot better than the Mt. SAC at the free throw line, hitting 75 percent of its shots (18-for-24). But the Mounties made 12 more free throws and attempted 22 more charity shots than the Lancers. That proved to be the difference.

Pasadena's losing streak can partly be blamed on the absence of sophomore forward Marcus Harvey, who has missed the last four games with a sprained knee. The team also announced that three players have been released from the team for personal reasons--sophomore guards Antoine Bryan and Brian Stewart, and frosh center Jarrett Clofer. PCC's current roster is at 12 players.

The Lancers will try to break its losing slump Friday, Jan. 7 in a 7 p.m. SCC tip-off at LA Trade Tech.

[Photo--Josh Johnson (22) goes up for a shot during PCC's 91-86 defeat v. Mt. San Antonio Wednesday in the team's conference opener, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 01/05/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu