Men's Basketball
    Trojans Down UC Irvine, 62-49, In Season Opener
    Southern California's Bryce Jones, top, dunks over UC Irvine's Pavol Losonsky during the first half.
    Southern California's Bryce Jones, top, dunks over UC Irvine's Pavol Losonsky during the first half.

    Nov. 13, 2010

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nikola Vucevic scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and Southern California defeated UC Irvine 62-49 in its season opener Saturday.

    Vucevic and frontcourt mate Alex Stepheson helped the Trojans dominate the boards 47-26, with Vucevic snagging 14 rebounds and Stepheson 13 to go with six points. Bryce Jones added 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and Maurice Jones, who is not related, had 13 points.

    Pavol Losonsky led the Anteaters with 13 points, and Eric Wise added 12. Irvine (0-2) fell to 10-31 against Pac-10 schools.

    Vucevic was big on the boards in the first half, when he scored only two points. He started the second half with a 3-pointer. His highlight play came when he grabbed a missed 3-point attempt as it skimmed across the basket and slammed it in one-handed, extending USC's lead to 51-38.