LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nikola Vucevic scored 16 of his career-high 24 points in the first half and Southern California beat No. 19 Texas 73-56 on Sunday night.

The Trojans (5-4) led the entire way in their biggest win of the season, snapping a two-game skid in front of about 25 NBA scouts.

Alex Stepheson added 14 points and 11 rebounds, Maurice Jones had 12 points and Marcus Simmons 11 for USC in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series matchup.

J’Covan Brown led Texas with 17 points. Jordan Hamilton, from nearby Compton, was held to 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting, well off his average of 21.7 points.

The Longhorns (6-2) came in averaging 78.6 points and had outscored their opponents by an average of

But they were clearly riled by USC’s defensive pressure, with Simmons keeping Hamilton in check and the
Trojans contesting shots while capitalizing on fast-break chances.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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