Men's Basketball
    USC Defeats Point Loma Nazarene 69-49 In Exhibition Game At Galen

    Nov. 6, 2010

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    USC jumped out to an early 22-point lead and cruised to a 69-49 exhibition victory over Point Loma Nazarene today (Nov. 6) at the Galen Center in Los Angeles before an estimated crowd of 1,500. Senior Alex Stepheson led USC with 19 points and junior Nikola Vucevic posted a double-double with 16-points and 16 rebounds.

    "We are always going to be a work in progress," said USC head coach Kevin O'Neill. "We have some depth issues Tonight was good for those young guys to get out there in front of some people"

    USC held Point Loma without a field goal in the first five minutes of the game to take an 11-1 lead and then freshman Bryce Jones came off the bench and hit three quick three-point baskets and added a fourth within a six minute stretch to open up a 29-7 lead. Jones finished the day with 17 points and three rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

    "Bryce Jones is going to be a really, really good player," said O'Neill. "It will just take time, but I'm very confident in Bryce's abilities."

    USC led 39-19 at halftime, holding the Sea Lions to 18.5 percent from the floor (5-for-27). Point Loma hit four three-pointers and only one two-point field goal in the first half. PNLU's only two-point basket came at the 3:27 mark of the first half. USC hit 44.1 percent (15-for-34) of its first half shots, including making five three-pointers.

    Freshman Maurice Jones started at point guard and scored seven points and dished out six assists, while committing just one turnover. USC had five late turnovers to finish with eight in the game. The Trojans averaged 14.5 turnovers per game last season.

    "His ability, its uncanny," said O'Neill in regards to his point guard. "The guy has a great feel for the game and sees everything and knows what to do. I don't think any stage will bother him. He just needs to make plays."

    USC made 46.7 percent of its shots in the game (28-for-60) and held PLNU to 29.8 percent shooting (17-for-57).

    USC will open up the regular season next Saturday, Nov. 13 vs. UC Irvine at the Galen Center at 1 p.m.