Men's Basketball
    USC Faces Rider At Galen Center Wednesday
    Freshmen (l-r) Garrett Jackson, Maurice Jones and Bryce Jones have accounted for 49 percent of USC's points and 41 percent of its minutes in the first two games.  Maurice Jones poured in 29 points in Monday's win over Santa Clara.
    Freshmen (l-r) Garrett Jackson, Maurice Jones and Bryce Jones have accounted for 49 percent of USC's points and 41 percent of its minutes in the first two games. Maurice Jones poured in 29 points in Monday's win over Santa Clara.

    Nov. 16, 2010

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    The USC Trojans (2-0) will host the Rider Broncs (1-1) on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Galen Center as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. USC then will travel to Springfield, Mass. to play Bradley on Nov. 20 and New Mexico St. on Nov. 21 as part of the tournament. Tonight's game will be broadcast live at USCTrojans.com. USC is 2-0 to start the season for just the second time in 10 seasons (also in 2009). USC last began a season 3-0 when they won the first eight games of the 2000-01 season.

    BREAKING DOWN THE BRONCS -- The Rider Broncs are 1-1 having lost its opener 77-67 at UMass before returning home to defeat Lafayette 80-73. Rider returns a strong core, with eight lettermen and four starters back from a team that went 16-15 in 2009-10. Head coach Tommy Dempsey's top returning scorer is senior guard Justin Robinson who averaged 13.3 points a year ago. Robinson, from London, England, spent last summer playing for the Great Britain National Team and is one of the more experienced point guards in the country with 93 career starts (6th in Division I). Included in Rider's nonconference victories last season was a win at Mississippi State. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

    USC RIDES THE "MO"MENTUM OF JONES TO VICTORY -- Freshman Maurice Jones scored 29 points and dished out five assists to lead USC to a 86-73 win vs. Santa Clara on Nov. 15. Junior Nikola Vucevic had his second straight double-double to start the season, scoring a career-high 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

    BRADLEY ON DECK -- Bradley defeated Texas A&M-Kingsville 66-55 at home in its opener and hosts Northern Illinois on Nov. 16 and LMU on Nov. 17 before facing USC in Springfield, Mass. as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Nov. 20. Freshman Walt Lemon Jr. led the Braves with 16 points in the opener. Bradley retuns nine lettermen and four starters from a team that went 16-15 and tied for fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference a year ago. They are coached by Jim Les. The Braves' top returning scorer is redshirt senior Andrew Warren who averaged 14.4 points last season. USC is 3-4 all-time against Bradley, winning the last meeting 60-50 Dec. 1, 2001.

    NO REST IN SIGHT -- USC is in the midst of playing eight games in 17 days to start the season, the most in a 17-day stretch or less since playing eight games in 15 days to start the 1983-84 season.

    SUDDEN IMPACT -- In the first three games USC has relied heavily on freshmen with point guard Maurice Jones playing all 80 minutes and guard Bryce Jones playing 67 out of a possible 80 minutes. In two games, the Jones and fellow freshman Garrett Jackson have combined to score 49 percent of USC's points (73 of 148) and play 41 percent of the team's minutes. They also have 75 percent of USC's assists (12 of 16) and 61.5 percent of its 3-point baskets (8 of 13).

    HALL OF FAME TIP-OFF CLASSIC -- USC will play Bradley on Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. (ET) and New Mexico State on Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m. (ET) at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. as part of a Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic tournament. The game tonight vs. Rider and the one at TCU on Nov. 29 are also part of the tournament. Other teams in the field include UMass, LMU and Dowling.

    CLEANING THE GLASS -- USC has won the battle of the boards in both games this season and has outrebounded the opposition 79-55 in the two games.