DeRozan And Team USA Begin Olympics With Win Over China

    Aug. 6, 2016

    The USA men's basketball team began action in Group A at the 2016 Rio Olympics with a 119-62 win over China in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today (Aug. 6), as Trojan DeMar DeRozan scored six points for Team USA. Also, Venezuela lost 86-62 to Serbia in its first Group A game, with Dwight Lewis scoring five points for Venezuela.

    DeRozan (USC 2009) and his USA teammates had very little trouble with China, jumping out to a 30-10 lead after one quarter and never looking back. Besides his six points, DeRozan tied for the team lead with two steals and added an assist.

    Lewis (USC 2007-10) and Venezuela trailed by just four points (18-14) after one quarter, but were outscored by the Serbs 26-9 in the second quarter and never got back into the contest. Venezuela ended on a good note, outscoring Serbia 21-18 in the fourth quarter.

    The former Trojan teammates DeRozan and Lewis will square off in the second game of group play on Aug. 8 at 3 p.m. DeRozan had the third-highest scoring season every by a USC freshman in 2009 and Lewis left USC as its 10th-leading scorer all-time and the Trojan career leader in games played.

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