Men's Basketball
    USC Opens Brazil Trip With 60-51 Win At Pindamonhangaba

    Head coach Kevin O'Neill addresses the team before the game begins.

    Aug. 14, 2011

    Senior guard Jio Fontan scored 29 points to lead USC to a 60-51 win vs. Pindamonhangaba at the Centro Esportivo in Pindamonhangaba, Brazil today (Aug. 14) before an estimated crowd of 425 fans. USC is in the midst of an exhibition tour to Brazil (Aug. 12-21) with five games or scrimmages scheduled.

    "We didn't play particularly well, but I thought we played well defensively," said USC men's basketball head coach Kevin O'Neill. "We played hard, but we have a lot of things to work on."

    Fontan scored 19 of his game-high 29 points in the first half as USC opened up a 31-25 lead at the break. The lead remained at six points after three quarters and at 51-45 with just over five minutes remaining, when USC junior forward Aaron Fuller scored all seven points in a 7-2 run to put the game away for the Trojans. Fuller finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.

    USC trailed 4-0 early, but then went on a 9-0 run to take the lead, only to have Pindamonhangaba scored the final five points of the first quarter to forge a 9-9 tie. Fontan scored 14 points in the second quarter as USC outscored their opponent 22-16 in the frame. After both teams scored 16 points in the third quarter, Fuller went to work in the final quarter to secure the victory.

    Sophomore forward Garrett Jackson added eight points and a team-high 11 rebounds, while sophomore guard Maurice Jones had two points, seven assists and six steals.

    Heralded sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon was in foul trouble the entire game and played limited minutes, scoring four points on two dunks. Also scoring for USC were senior guard Eric Strangis (3 points) and redshirt junior center James Blasczyk (2 points).



    USC made 41.7 percent of its shots (20-for-48), but only 16.7 percent from three-point range (3-for-18). Pindamonhangaba made 28.1 percent of its attempts from the field (16-for-57) and 19.2 percent from beyond the arc (5-for-26). The game was played under international rules with a 24-second shot clock and four 10-minute quarters.

    USC had only seven scholarship players available for the game as three players are awaiting summer school grades to post (freshmen Alexis Moore and Byron Wesley and junior transfer Greg Allen), Curtis Washington has a left labrum tear and has surgery scheduled on Aug. 24 and transfers Eric Wise and Ari Stewart will sit out this season.