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November 29, 2009 | By Mark Medina
Twenty minutes after practice ended, USC senior guard Dwight Lewis remained in the gym to work on shooting. Although that is Lewis' typical routine, any extra shooting lately surely can't hurt. After scoring a career-high 22 points Nov. 17 in USC's season opener against UC Riverside, Lewis has shot 25% in the past two games. Entering the Trojans' home game today against Nebraska, Lewis described his shooting woes as just a "slump." It's also a sign, USC Coach Kevin O'Neill suggests, that Lewis is now becoming a marked man as the team's lone returning starter.
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December 17, 2013
Josh Smith scored 30 points, Greg Monroe had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed Indiana its first home loss of the season Monday night, stunning the Pacers, 101-96. The Pistons won for the second time in six games, ended a six-game skid in the series and ended a nine-game losing streak in Indianapolis. Lance Stephenson had a season-high 23 points, and Luis Scola scored 13 of his season-best 18 in the fourth quarter for Indiana (20-4), whose 11-0 start at home was the best in franchise history.
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November 21, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Maurice Jones, generously listed at 5 feet 7, overshadows his fellow freshman teammates as the predetermined prize of USC's 2010 basketball recruiting class. But Bryce Jones and Garrett Jackson are proving to be more advanced than once thought, and have each carved early roles as much-needed playmakers for the Trojans this season. Bryce Jones, a guard from Woodland Hills Taft High, scored 21 points Sunday in USC's 80-61 drubbing of New Mexico State at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Springfield, Mass.
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November 2, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
During a closed scrimmage against Air Force last weekend, the USC men's basketball team proved three things to Coach Kevin O'Neill : That freshman point guard Maurice Jones was ready to lead the Trojans, that overall the team is in very good physical shape and that the Trojans are, as a group, unselfish. The unofficial score of the USC victory was 75-46, and the Trojans got balanced scoring highlighted by a 10-point, 10-assist, five-turnover performance in 38 minutes from Jones.
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November 13, 2010
Baxter Holmes' comments on USC's roster for 2010-11 (statistics are from last season): No./NAME/YR/HT/PPG/RPG/APG/COMMENT Starters 5/Nikola Vucevic/Jr./6-10/10.7/9.4/1.2/Pac-10's top returning rebounder is key to USC's success. 1/Alex Stepheson/Sr./6-10/8.4/7.2/0.3/Powerful and athletic but foul-prone and limited offensively. 43/Marcus Simmons/Sr./6-6/3.0/2.0/0.8/A shut-down defender with a decent mid-range jumper. 15/Bryce Jones/Fr./6-5/--/--/--/Long and fast with ability to soar and score from long range.
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November 29, 2008 | Lisa Dillman
Suspense, in an almost ghoulish way, did linger until late in the second half of USC's blowout against Tennessee Martin on Friday night at the Galen Center. You wondered whether the Skyhawks would manage to score more than 30 points. And if that sounds slightly unfair, well, Tennessee Martin did only score 17 points in the first half, shooting a mere 27% from the field.
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March 16, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
USC's thin lineup was thinned out Wednesday night here, as the Trojans lost player after player late in their first-round NCAA tournament game against Virginia Commonwealth. Making a comeback without bodies seemed impossible, and the Trojans indeed could not, falling to the Rams, 59-46. VCU (24-11) earns the No. 11 seed in the Southwest Regional and will advance to play Georgetown (21-10) at 6 p.m. PDT Friday at the United Center in Chicago. Photos: USC vs. Virginia Commonwealth USC's 2010-11 season ends with a record of 19 wins and 15 losses in the first game back for USC Coach Kevin O'Neill after he was suspended one game last week for an altercation.
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December 4, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Every season, one college basketball conference is christened the national punching bag. The Pacific 10 Conference earned that distinction early last season after getting steamrolled in nonconference play and compiling a 3-13 record against ranked teams. So far, in this season's stock market of public opinion, the Pac-10 is plummeting again with a 1-9 mark against ranked teams and losses to featherweights such as Tulsa, Murray State, Seattle University and Texas Southern. USC Coach Kevin O'Neill knows that for the Pac-10 to get more than two teams into the NCAA tournament ?
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January 2, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Growing up, Leonard Washington hated it when people talked trash to him on the basketball court. But Washington, who became academically eligible for USC on Dec. 22, doesn't much abide by the Golden Rule. The USC sophomore forward loves to run his mouth and openly acknowledges he's a "bully" on the hardwood who loves to bang his 6-foot-7, 230-pound frame into opponents. "I'll admit that," he said, smiling. It showed in USC's 56-50 win over Arizona, as Washington, who finished with seven points off the bench in 22 minutes, hit the floor on seemingly every possession.
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January 13, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Reporting from Eugene, Ore. Money can buy many things ? some even say happiness, if you know where to shop. But Oregon rarely shops. Rockefeller-rich alum and Nike co-founder Phil Knight often just fits the Ducks' bills, no expense spared. His latest donation debuted Thursday night, the pristine Matthew Knight Arena ? named in honor of his late son ? for which he helped pay half of its $200-million cost. And the Ducks delivered "Uncle Phil" and "Matt Court" a 68-62 win against USC, ending a six-game skid to give Oregon, 8-9 overall, its first win in five Pacific 10 Conference games.
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