21 March, 2017
The University of Southern California continues their tournament after fighting back from double-digit deficits in both of their games and will face the East No.3 seed Baylor Bears on Sunday in Oklahoma.
Terry Maston scored 19 points, King McClure added 17 and Manu Lecomte scored all 12 of his points in the final 5 minutes for the Bears (27-7), who advanced to play Duke or SC in the Sweet 16.
Lecomte, who hadn't scored the entire game, scored eight points in 45 seconds to put the Bears up 73-67, and Baylor led the rest of the way. Baylor also got help from Terry Maston, who scored 19 points for the 2nd straight game, and King McClure, who made 5 of 7 three-point field goals.
Baylor will play SC in the Sweet 16 in NY. The Bears will face SC on Friday at 6:29 CST.
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USC got 28 points from forward Chimezie Metu and 16 from Bennie Boatwright, but the Trojans' fourth season under Enfield ended in tough fashion despite a school record 26 victories and dramatic tournament wisn against Providence (a play-in game) and SMU. But teammates wrapped their arms around him and told him they'd take it from there.
Crosstown rival USC missed it by four points. USC won its opening game during the First Four and still get to keep playing here, facing off against Baylor.
But that's when Lecomte took over for Baylor. He had 19 points and 10 rebounds. "He's able to impact the game on that end, so he's doing a lot of really good things".
As much as the USC Trojans (26-9) resilience is commendable, they are dancing on the edge of the knife the last two games. They simply can't cope with many weapons the Bears can throw at them, so they will likely play more zone defense to protect the inside, which I don't believe will trouble Baylor all that much.