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There is nothing sweet about Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium for the Pasadena City College men's basketball team this season. Despite the home crowds, the cheerleaders, the Lancer Radio crews broadcasting games on the Internet, and the PCC Band giving the facility its usual pep-like performances, the 2010-2011 Lancers aren't responding with wins.

PCC dropped its seventh straight home game Wednesday night in a 94-76 loss to Los Angeles Trade Tech College. The Lancers are 2-7 at the H-P Gym overall and haven't won here since Nov. 26, 2010 at the Pasadena Thanksgiving Tournament when it routed American Sports University, 106-58. 

Against Trade Tech, PCC fell behind, 47-35, by halftime, saw the deficit increase to 20 points in the second half, and never got to within less than 10 points at any point in the period.

Pasadena is 7-17 overall and 2-9 in conference play. LA Trade Tech upped its record to 16-9 and 7-4 in SCC games.

Lancers sophomore guard Shawn Hampton scored 20 of his game-high 28 points in the second half in trying to will his team back into the contest. Hampton made three 3-pointers and was a machine at the free throw line, making 11 of 12 attempts. He also gave the crowd its biggest roar of the night with a thundering one-hand dunk with about seven minutes remaining.

PCC shot a season best .833 from the line, hitting 25 of 30 charity stripe shots. Forward Evan Brooks came of the bench to score 23 points (7-for-8 on free throws) as he made four 3-pointers and added six rebounds. 

Forward Marcus Harvey added eight points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks before fouling out later in the second half. Center Josh Johnson tallied just six points but grabbed 10 rebounds. Reserve forward Tyler James contributed five points, five rebounds and two steals. 

For Trade Tech, Martin Whitmore led five players in scoring double digits with 17 points. The Beavers hit .556 from the field (35 of 63 attempts) compared to .344 by the Lancers (22-for-64). 

The Lancers have one more shot to win in front of the home fans this season when they host El Camino College-Compton Center Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

[Photo--Evan Brooks goes up high to make a pass over three LA Trade Tech players during the Lancers' 94-76 loss Wednesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/09/11
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