After pulling off a 17-point comeback in its First Four matchup, USC came from behind for another win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament today.
USC trailed No. 6 seed SMU the entire first half at BOK Center in Tulsa, heading into the break down 38-30 despite 11 points from junior guard Elijah Stewart.
Stewart tacked on another 11 in the second half to finish with 22 on the day.
Stewart drained 6 three-pointers, including the go-ahead bucket with 37 seconds to go.
It was a huge bounce back game for the junior, who went scoreless in USC's win over Providence.
USC came out strong in the second half, using a 10-2 run to tie up the game.
For the rest of the second half, the game would follow a similar flow: the Mustangs would surge ahead, then the Trojans would chip away and make it a game again.
The Trojans took their first lead of the game on a Bennie Boatwright three with 2:09 to go.
SMU and USC traded threes to make the score 66-65 Trojans with under a minute remaining.
After Chimezie Metu missed the front end of a one-and-one, the Mustangs attempted a game-winning shot, but it clanked off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Stewart's 22 points paced the Trojans, while Boatwright and Chimezie Metu both added 14 in the win.
USC also got 7 points off the bench to SMU's zero, helping the Trojans earn their nation-leading 13th double-digit comeback of the year.
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The win was USC's 26th of the season (and second over SMU this year), setting a new record for the men's basketball program.
The Trojans now take their 26-9 record into a Sunday showing against No. 3 seed Baylor (26-7) at Tulsa's BOK Center.