USC put its undefeated record on the line Saturday night against a familiar foe: the Trojans of Troy.
Troy came out firing, hitting 8 threes in the first half, while USC could only muster 4.
Troy's sharp shooting gave it a 40-38 halftime lead over USC. It was only the second time this season USC has trailed at the break.
Even after halftime adjustments, the Trojans saw Troy open up the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 10-point lead.
That's when the comeback began.
USC still wasn't getting it done outside (finished with just 5 three-pointers), but Chimezie Metu started heating up in the paint.
Metu finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds, plus 3 blocks and 2 steals to keep Troy at bay.
Captain Jordan McLaughlin stepped up with 12 second-half points to finish with 21 on the night.
When Metu missed his second FT with just under a minute to go, the Trojans grabbed the rebound and McLaughlin hit the go-ahead bucket. Next, he coolly hit 2 FTs to put the Trojans up 81-77 with 13 seconds to go.
Hear what McLaughlin and Metu had to say after the game:
Junior Elijah Stewart (11 pts) and freshman Nick Rakocevic (10 pts) also finished in double figures to lead the Trojans to victory.
In the end, USC only led for 5:13 of the game, but came away with the win thanks to staunch defense down the stretch and a few key plays on the other side of the court.
Check out the highlights of USC's win!
Next up for the 10-0 Trojans is a Monday night tilt with Cornell at the Galen Center.