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Mistakes Plague Men's Basketball In Loss To LASW, 87-71

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The Pasadena City College men's basketball team solved its current free throw shooting problems against host Los Angeles Southwest College Wednesday, making 22 of 30 attempts for a solid .733 percentage. But the Lancers continued a trend of being sloppy with the ball, committing 29 turnovers in an 87-71, South Coast Conference loss to the Cougars.

It's tough times for PCC as it dropped to 5-13 overall and remained winless in SCC play at 0-5. The Lancers are on a nine-game losing skid.

While the team has struggled, starting center Josh Johnson has emerged as the team's most consistent player this month. Johnson scored 21 points and totaled nine rebounds, six on the offensive boards. Top scorer Shawn Hampton got back on track with 15 points (7-for-8 from the free throw line) and Evan Brooks hit three shots from downtown as part of his 13 points (and seven rebounds).

Reserve center Yusuf Hassan was a force inside with 11 rebounds and six points. Derrell Wallace added seven points and three steals. Forward Marcus Harvey, who had been out for a 5-game period due to an injury, is still trying to get back into game-ready shape as he scored eight points with five rebounds.

LA Southwest (12-8, 2-3 in SCC play) forced the issue on PCC with 16 steals, four by Dontae Clark, who was a scoring machine as well with 26 points. Clark was 12-for-17 from the floor. The Cougars made eight 3-point baskets, six in the first half to help take a 46-32 halftime lead. PCC never got within eight points in the second half. 

The Lancers host Long Beach City College on Friday, Jan. 21 in a 7 p.m. SCC game.

[Photo--Evan Brooks takes a shot during the Lancers' 87-71 loss at LA Southwest College Wednesday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 01/20/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu