The Trojans and the Mustangs went back-and-forth all game.
No. 11 USC avenged its loss in the 2016 NCAA Tournament against Providence in a play-in game this year. After the win over the Friars, USC met No. 6 SMU for a Round of 64 matchup.
USC hit a huge three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in the game to take a 66-65 lead. SMU responded by drawing a foul, but Ben Moore missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and USC came up with the ball. The Trojans then followed with a 1-and-1 of their own, which Chimezie Metu missed, giving SMU one last chance.
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The Mustangs took over with 10 seconds left on the clock, and drove the ball for one final shot. Shake Milton drove the lane, and instead of passing to an open Semi Ojaleye, the Mustangs’ best player, he put up a contested layup which clanked off the front iron.
The result? A chaotic win for a team that barely squeaked into the Tournament.