On Wednesday night, USC took on Providence in an NCAA First Four matchup at UD Arena in Dayton, OH.
The two teams — No. 11 seeds this year — also matched up last season, with Providence stealing a one-point win at the last second in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
In front of a crowd of more than 11,000, the Trojans came out of the gates strong to take a 7-0 lead.
But the Friars found their footing and started hitting shots to take the lead.
Providence nailed eight 3-pointers in the first half to create a 15-point advantage at the break, a point at which many viewers counted the Trojans out.
Coming out of halftime, Providence made a quick bucket to extend its lead to 17.
That's when the Trojans dug in and went on an 8-0 run to put pressure on the Friars.
A three from Bennie Boarwright cut the deficit to single digits for the first time since 3:40 remaining in the first half.
On the sport's biggest stage, freshman Nick Rakocevic became the next Trojan to step up.
The forward racked up 7 quick points and a steal that led to Chimezie Metu's go-ahead jumper.
Playing in front of family who traveled from Chicago to Dayton, Rakocevic earned MVP praise from a number of media members.
Once the Trojans took a 61-60 lead, they didn't look back.
Junior point guard Jordan McLaughlin was key in keeping the Trojans ahead down the stretch, finishing with 18 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
Boatwright's career-high 24 points were also crucial in sealing the win for USC — its 25th of the season, which ties a program record.
Fellow sophomore Chimezie Metu finished with 15 points and 8 boards.
Put on the spot as time wound down, finished with a game-high 9 made free throws and posted 2 crucial blocks.
When all was said and done, USC pulled off a 75-71 victory — its 12th comeback of 10 or more points this year (most of any D-I school).
In erasing a 17-point deficit, the Trojans mounted the seventh-biggest comeback in NCAA Tournament history, and the second-biggest second-half comeback on the books.
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After the game, the Trojans flew straight to Tulsa, where they'll take on No. 6 seed SMU tomorrow at 12:10 p.m. PT.
The game will be broadcast on TruTV.