Trojans rally from 17 back to beat Friars
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 12:31
The Trojans will now face the three seeded Baylor Bears on Sunday with a chance to go to the Sweet Sixteen.
Behind by as many as 10 points midway through the second half on Friday, USC mounted a comeback fueled by coach Andy Enfield's decision to switch to zone from man-to-man.
If going by seeding, USC is only the third upset of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
First, the Twitterverse lost its mind over the late flagrant foul in the Arkansas-Seton Hall game.
Elijah Stewart, open in the corner on a pick-and-roll based play for what felt like the millionth time, gave USC the lead for good on a 3-pointer from the corner with 36 seconds left.
With only two returning starters and no seniors in its rotation, USC has managed to finish in the upper half of the Pac-12 and advance farther in the NCAA tournament than last year's team did.
During SMU's 16-game winning streak leading up to their second tournament appearance in the last three years, it seemed like just about everything was working.
Ojeleye came absolutely out of nowhere to throw down a dunk on ... basically USC's entire team in a matchup between the No. 6 seed Mustangs and 11th-seeded Trojans. Shake Milton, the Tulsa-area native, erased SMU's first deficit with a 3-pointer with 1:33 left. Ojeleye is a strong enough shooter to draw defenders away from the rim to guard him as well as a strong enough ball handler to drive to the rim off of close outs.
MI 92, OKLAHOMA STATE 91: Derrick Walton Jr. scored 26 points and MI made 16 three-pointers Friday to hold off Oklahoma State 92-91 in the first round of the Midwest Regional.
Then, down one point after an SMU scoring drought when the Mustangs scored just three points in six minutes, USC again held the Mustangs to the final seconds of the shot clock. The Mustangs shot 38.5 percent in the second half.
The final 2 minutes 8 seconds were high-level basketball.
Baylor took control for good with a 14-3 run early in the second half to take a 58-47 lead.
TULSA, Okla. - USC's team spilled onto the floor of Tulsa's BOK Center while SMU's players tried to process a familiar feeling. What's more, it was also a pivotal play for SMU as it stifled the momentum of USC and ultimately allowed them to pull back ahead by a more comfortable margin.
No. 11 USC trailed SMU by eight points at halftime and was down 10 with less than 12 minutes to go, only to mount a furious rally. The Trojans lead their all-time series versus SMU, 5-1.