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December 11, 2009 | By Baxter Holmes
'Tis the season for giving, and the USC basketball team has been most charitable, giving opponents a hefty bounty of extra possessions this month -- 61 turnovers in three games. Two of those were losses against ranked teams from Texas and Georgia Tech, the third a win over Sacramento State on Tuesday when the Trojans had a season-high 25 turnovers. It's a problem, but one Coach Kevin O'Neill said won't be fixed quickly; the team is short-handed and waiting for two players to become eligible.
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January 9, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
In the final seconds, USC forward Nikola Vucevic waved his arms in triumph near midcourt before stepping over to high-five Alex Stepheson. Several feet away, UCLA's Reeves Nelson stood with his hands on his hips. Bruins center Joshua Smith could only sit and stare from the bench. When it came to the battle of the big men Sunday night at the Galen Center, it was advantage, Trojans. A super-sized one. Vucevic scored 20 points on nine-for-16 shooting, and Stepheson logged a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds during USC's 63-52 victory over the Bruins.
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February 22, 2006 | Eric Sondheimer
Basketball is a game for giants, and 6-foot-10 Alex Stepheson of North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake is making everyone look awfully small. Over a 14-game stretch, Stepheson has been rebounding as if he could leap tall buildings in a single bound. He has grabbed 21 or more rebounds 10 times during his monthlong tear. In consecutive games, he had 32 and 31. "I don't think I've seen anything like it at any level," Coach Greg Hilliard said.
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January 9, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
It meant more for Alex Stepheson. USC's senior forward couldn't call Sunday night's 63-52 win over UCLA just a win, or even just a big win against a rival. He's homegrown, a former star at North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake. Beating UCLA (9-6, 1-2 in Pacific 10 Conference), which USC (10-6, 2-1) has done four consecutive times, is beyond big. "It means everything to us," said Stepheson, who keyed the win with 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. "Especially being from L.A., knowing what the rivalry is, it's huge.
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May 17, 2008 | Eric Sondheimer
Alex Stepheson, a 6-foot-9 power forward at North Carolina who was a basketball standout at North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake High, has been granted his release from the Tar Heels so that he can be closer to his family in Los Angeles. UCLA and USC are expected to be among the schools interested in Stepheson, who averaged six points a game during the NCAA tournament.
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November 20, 2008 | Gary Klein, Klein is a Times staff writer.
Alex Stepheson, who transferred to USC from North Carolina this fall hoping the NCAA would allow him to have immediately eligibility, had his appeal denied Wednesday and will not be eligible until 2009-10. Stepheson, a 6-foot-9 junior, was a reserve for North Carolina the last two seasons. He has said he transferred to be closer to his family, which was dealing with health issues.
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August 19, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
USC's basketball team added an imposing presence to its front line Monday. Power forward Alex Stepheson, a 6-foot-9 junior transfer who played his first two college seasons at North Carolina, will become a Trojan and seek a waiver to gain immediate eligibility. Diane Stepheson said her son would try to obtain a waiver because his father suffers from an undisclosed illness that prompted the move to be closer to the family's Southern California home. NCAA transfer rules typically force transfers to sit out one year.
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January 16, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Your sweetheart turns you down for somebody 3,000 miles away. Nothing personal. It's them, not you. But things don't work out -- family issues -- so your crush moves back home, where you're waiting, thinking you have a chance. Only your crush turns you down, again, and starts dating your neighbor. That's why today's UCLA-USC showdown is awkward for Trojans forward Alex Stepheson. UCLA recruited him "real tough," he says, out of North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake High in 2006, but Stepheson chose North Carolina.
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November 12, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The biggest of USC's men's basketball players should also be the biggest factors this season in determining the Trojans' success. Nikola Vucevic, the smooth-shooting Serbian, and Alex Stepheson, the brutish, broad-shouldered Angeleno. Both are 6 feet 10. Vucevic, a 240-pound junior, relies on finesse. Stepheson, a 250-pound senior, counts on power. So different, yet the best of friends. And both so important as USC tries to improve on a 16-14 record forged last season amid the tumult of self-imposed penalties and an NCAA investigation.
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November 28, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Tony Miller hadn't coached before this season, but the former Marquette Golden Eagles point guard is helping the Trojans in an interesting way as an assistant. His experience playing with an injury that affects the hands has proved particularly useful for USC senior forward Alex Stepheson, who fractured his left hand against UC Irvine on Nov. 13. "When he first had it, I told him that you can play through it, that you can be productive with it," said Miller, who suffered from severe tendinitis in his right wrist that forced him to wear a cast during games in his freshman season (1991-92)
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January 8, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Most basketball coaches pray for one, just one, grade-A big man . But if a coach has two, as UCLA's Ben Howland has in Joshua Smith and Reeves Nelson and USC's Kevin O'Neill has in Alex Stepheson and Nikola Vucevic, then consider that coach lucky because good big men are hard to find, harder to keep and even harder to stop. Just ask Washington State Coach Ken Bone, whose Cougars recently visited Los Angeles and were feasted on by the L.A. schools' down-low duos. The foursome scored 55 points, grabbed 38 rebounds and threw Bone two losses, which left him gushing, "They're very efficient, very good.
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December 19, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Reporting from Lawrence, Kan. ? At halftime against No. 3 Kansas here Saturday, USC was staring at a double-digit deficit with Allen Fieldhouse rocking as usual. A shameful exit, as is custom for most of Kansas' visitors, seemed certain. After all, points aside, USC also trailed Kansas in talent, skill and athleticism. But midway through the second half, the Trojans used an 11-0 run to take the lead after trailing by 11 at the half, turning a potential blowout into a nail-biting thriller, which USC eventually lost, 70-68.
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December 16, 2010
USC will receive a big boost Saturday when transfer guard Jio Fontan , a junior, will be eligible to play in his first game when the Trojans face No. 3 Kansas. It receives a smaller but still important boost Thursday when 7-foot junior college transfer Dewayne Dedmon becomes eligible to practice with the team. Dedmon, from Antelope Valley College, enrolled at USC in January and isn't eligible to play for the Trojans until next season. He'll be a sophomore then with three seasons of eligibility remaining and is expected to fill the hole left by the departure of 6-foot-10 forward Alex Stepheson , a senior this season.
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November 28, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Tony Miller hadn't coached before this season, but the former Marquette Golden Eagles point guard is helping the Trojans in an interesting way as an assistant. His experience playing with an injury that affects the hands has proved particularly useful for USC senior forward Alex Stepheson, who fractured his left hand against UC Irvine on Nov. 13. "When he first had it, I told him that you can play through it, that you can be productive with it," said Miller, who suffered from severe tendinitis in his right wrist that forced him to wear a cast during games in his freshman season (1991-92)
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November 20, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
USC forward Alex Stepheson pedaled a stationary bicycle off to the side during practice, squeezing a tennis ball with his right hand to make it stronger. He can't do that exercise with his left hand, though. It's broken. But although that injury is costing Stepheson some practice time, it's not stopping him from playing games. Since fracturing his hand in the Trojans' season-opening win against UC Irvine on Nov. 13, Stepheson has played 74 of a possible 80 minutes in USC's next two games, totaling 15 points and 13 rebounds.
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November 15, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The day had brought the difficult news to USC that forward Alex Stepheson, one of the Trojans' biggest players by size and value, had a fractured left hand. But by night's end, the Trojans' smallest player, 5-foot-7 freshman guard Maurice Jones, was able to deliver some good news, dazzling the Galen Center with a game-high 29 points in USC's 86-73 win against Santa Clara. Jones shot 10 for 20, many on driving layups, some from impossible angles. He also had five assists, a few on no-look passes that made the crowd do double-takes at instant replays shown on the video board.
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November 20, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
USC forward Alex Stepheson pedaled a stationary bicycle off to the side during practice, squeezing a tennis ball with his right hand to make it stronger. He can't do that exercise with his left hand, though. It's broken. But although that injury is costing Stepheson some practice time, it's not stopping him from playing games. Since fracturing his hand in the Trojans' season-opening win against UC Irvine on Nov. 13, Stepheson has played 74 of a possible 80 minutes in USC's next two games, totaling 15 points and 13 rebounds.
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January 9, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
It meant more for Alex Stepheson. USC's senior forward couldn't call Sunday night's 63-52 win over UCLA just a win, or even just a big win against a rival. He's homegrown, a former star at North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake. Beating UCLA (9-6, 1-2 in Pacific 10 Conference), which USC (10-6, 2-1) has done four consecutive times, is beyond big. "It means everything to us," said Stepheson, who keyed the win with 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. "Especially being from L.A., knowing what the rivalry is, it's huge.
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November 12, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The biggest of USC's men's basketball players should also be the biggest factors this season in determining the Trojans' success. Nikola Vucevic, the smooth-shooting Serbian, and Alex Stepheson, the brutish, broad-shouldered Angeleno. Both are 6 feet 10. Vucevic, a 240-pound junior, relies on finesse. Stepheson, a 250-pound senior, counts on power. So different, yet the best of friends. And both so important as USC tries to improve on a 16-14 record forged last season amid the tumult of self-imposed penalties and an NCAA investigation.
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October 14, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
In the backcourt are two freshmen, a transfer and two seldom-used seniors. In the frontcourt are two of the Pacific 10 Conference's best post players. And on the sideline, USC Coach Kevin O'Neill is planning to retool plenty ? namely, a wretched offense ? before the season starts Nov. 13 against UC Irvine. "We're going to run a lot more motion, probably a few less set plays," said O'Neill, who was 16-14 in his first season at USC. "We're really concentrating on turning misses and turnovers into easy baskets.
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