USC Trojans center Dewayne Dedmon on Monday was diagnosed with a foot injury that was supposed to have him miss up to six weeks. Yet there he was in uniform on Saturday afternoon at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, starting against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Dedmon and the Trojans trail Minnesota 28-16 at halftime.
USC went without a field goal for the final 6:21 of the first half, turning a 16-15 deficit into trailing by 12 at the half.
Maurice Jones led the Trojans with seven points, making a pair of three-pointers. USC shot just 21.4% (six for 28) in the first half, but managed to stay close for a while by holding Minnesota without a field goal for nearly seven minutes. The Gophers made all nine of their free throw attempts in the first half.
The Trojans made three of eight three-point attempts in the first half, and three of 20 two-point attempts.
Dedmon was diagnosed with a stress injury to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, and was limited to non-weightbearing activity for at least one week and had to use a walking boot and crutches. For someone with a foot injury, Dedmon seemed to move pretty well on the floor, but he was limited to just two rebounds and no points in 14 minutes.
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