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Free Throws Amiss In Men's Cagers' 8th Consecutive Loss

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The Pasadena City College men's basketball team can point to many failed areas of play Friday night as the Lancers turned the fundamental of free throw shooting into a miss-a-thon during a forgettable, 84-66, South Coast Conference loss to East Los Angeles College at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

The Lancers' eighth straight loss featured an evening in which PCC made just 7-for-22 from the free throw line for a season-low .318 percentage. Pasadena didn't do much better from the field, making only 27 of 74 shots for a woeful .365 performance.

The team's shooting problems and defensive letdowns forced PCC Head Coach Mike Swanegan to bench several of his starting five for long portions of the contest. Team-leading scorer Shawn Hampton, who averages 21 points a game, was limited to his career-low of just one point. Hampton, a sophomore guard, took just two shots from the floor and was 1-of-4 at the line. 

Overall, the team's starting five combined to score just 24 points, led by forward Josh Johnson with 10 points and six rebounds. Center Yusuf Hassan had nine points and seven rebounds.

PCC hasn't won for more than a month as it fell to 5-12 overall and 0-4 in SCC play. ELAC upped its record to 7-11 and 2-2 in conference.

The Huskies took a commanding 41-24 halftime lead and actually went ahead by as much as 30 points, 76-46, with six minutes left in the game. 

The Lancers' reserves managed to the make the final score respectable. Sophomore forward Derrell Wallace came off the bench to score 16 points, including making 3-for-5 on 3-point bombs. Point guard Antwain Cleary added 10 points and was 4-for-5 at the line, making more charity stripe shots than the rest of the team combined (three). 

Also coming off the bench, forward Marcus Harvey contributed eight points, six rebounds, and four blocked shots while Michael Swanegan sank two 3-pointers for six points and led the Lancers with four assists. 

East LA was the complete opposite of PCC at the line, making 26-for-32 attempts for an outstanding .813 percentage. The Huskies were paced by Deon Geary with 18 points (7-for-8 at the line) and Rafael Morelos, who scored 15, making all five of his free throw shots. Michael Cardenas added 12 points, including three 3-pointers, and grabbed eight rebounds. 

PCC travels to face Los Angeles Southwest College on Wednesday, Jan. 19 in a 7 p.m. conference tip-off.

[Photo--Derrell Wallace brings the ball up the floor for the Lancers in their 84-66 loss to East Los Angeles College Friday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 01/14/11
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