Scores

Final

UC Irvine 49

(0-2, 0-2 away)

USC 62

(1-0, 1-0 home)

4:00 PM ET, November 13, 2010

Galen Center, Los Angeles, California

1 2 T
UCI 24 2549
USC 30 3262

Top Performers

UC Irvine: P. Losonsky 13 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast

USC: N. Vucevic 19 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Nikola Vucevic's 2nd-half surge powers USC in season opener

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- 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.

The Trojans got started on a season in which they have something to play for after sitting out the postseason in March because of school-imposed sanctions relating to O.J. Mayo's stint with the team.

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UCI
USC
Points 49 62
FG Made-Attempted 18-52 (.346) 19-55 (.345)
3P Made-Attempted 5-20 (.250) 7-22 (.318)
FT Made-Attempted 8-11 (.727) 17-21 (.810)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
Largest Lead 1 15

2010-11 Season

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