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Lineup Changes, But Men's Hoops Can't Stop Tough Skid

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The Pasadena City College men's basketball team shook up its starting lineup Friday by benching four starters for its South Coast Conference game v. visiting Long Beach. For a while the new starters clicked, leading, 16-15, early in the first half. 

The Vikings proceeded to outscore the Lancers, 38-12, the rest of the half and ran away with a 94-66 victory. PCC's losing streak was extended to 10 games as it stays winless in conference play at 0-6. Pasadena is 5-14 overall. LBCC is on top of the SCC South Division, now at 5-1 and 10-8 overall.

For PCC, starting guard Ernest Fife took advantage of 30 minutes of playing time in scoring seven points and dishing out five assists. Forward Derrell Wallace's start produced nine points and five rebounds while center Yusuf Hassan added three points, nine rebounds, and three steals. Tyler James (one point, seven rebounds, two blocked shots) was the other newbie starter. Only Marcus Harvey remained from Wednesday's starting lineup. Harvey finished with eight points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

Long Beach placed five players in double figures with Raynard Tyler leading the way on 19 points and eight rebounds. 

PCC's bench ultimately outscored the new starters, 38-28, but guard Evan Brooks seemed to be the only Lancer to respond effectively to coming off the bench. Brooks scored 19 points, including making four 3-pointers. Sophomore guard Shawn Hampton added 13 points and six steals in just 15 minutes of play. 

Pasadena's turnover woes continued with 29 miscues. Long Beach's Robert Mandingo was an adept thief with seven steals to go with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

The Lancers will hit the road Wednesday, Jan. 26 when they face Los Angeles Harbor College in a 6 p.m. SCC tip-off.

[Photo--Ernest Fife leaps for a layup during PCC's 94-66 loss to Long Beach at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Friday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 01/21/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu