The Pac-10 took a couple of nasty hits Wednesday night. Here’s the ugly truth:
— USC: The Trojans (2-1) lost 77-57 at home to Rider, a team from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference that was 17-16 a year ago. How’d this happen? Rider shot 12 for 19 from the 3-point line, USC 1 for 13. Perhaps the Trojans should have passed the ball more often to their all-conference forward. Nikola Vucevic attempted only eight shots (made four), compared to the starting guard tandem of Bryce and Maurice Jones, who were a combined 8 for 28.
— Oregon State: The Beavers (1-1) lost 83-80 at home on the road to a Seattle squad that had dropped its first three games of the season, including a 21-point decision to San Francisco, which lost Wednesday to San Jose State, which hasn’t had a winning season since the Clinton administration. The game featured 46 turnovers — hardly a masterpiece. Sophomore guard Jared Cunningham (San Leandro HS) had 19 points and five steals for the Beavers.