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USC Defeats Stanford 71-69 In Pac-12 Opener

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Jorge Gutierrez #2 of the California Golden Bears falls as he is guarding Jio Fontan #2 of the USC Trojans in the second half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Jorge Gutierrez #2 of the California Golden Bears falls as he is guarding Jio Fontan #2 of the USC Trojans in the second half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jio Fontan scored 15 points including a pair of tiebreaking free throws with 6.9 seconds to play and USC pulled out a 71-69 victory over Stanford on Thursday night in the Pac-12 opener for both schools.

Eric Wise added 14 points for USC (6-8). Four of the Trojans’ losses have come against schools that are currently among the top 20 in the nation including Minnesota, Illinois, San Diego State and New Mexico.

Fontan, who sprained his left thumb in the first half of USC’s 63-61 overtime win over Dayton on Sunday, shot 5 for 12 from the field.

The Trojans finished last season with a school-record 26 losses and were 1-17 in the conference. The only victory came against Utah in the first intra-conference meeting with the Utes after the Pac-10 expanded to 12 schools.

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