DeRozan Scores 8 Points In USA's 113-69 Win Over Venezuela At Rio Olympics

    Aug. 8, 2016

    Maybe time will help Dwight Lewis of Venezuela appreciate how amazing it was to face former Trojan teammate DeMar DeRozan of Team USA in basketball at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but for now all he will remember is a 113-69 victory for USA at Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today (Aug. 8). USA improved to 2-0 while Venezuela fell to 0-2 in Group A action.

    The game was tied at 18-all after the first quarter, but the U.S. turned up its defensive intensity in the second quarter to open up a 48-26 halftime lead and never looked back.

    DeRozan (USC 2009) scored eight points, grabbed three rebounds and had an assist. USA will next face Australia (2-0) on Aug. 10 at 3 p.m.

    Lewis (USC 2007-10) did not score in 20 minutes of action, but had two rebounds and two assists. Venezuela will next take on China (0-1+, facing France on Aug. 8) on Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

    DeRozan and Lewis played together on the 2008-09 USC men’s basketball team which went 22-13, won the Pac-12 Tournament (with DeRozan named Tourney MVP) and then advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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