No. 23 USC Stays Unbeaten With A 79-67 Win Over Cornell|
Dec. 20, 2016
LOS ANGELES (AP) Chimezie Metu scored 17 points and Jordan McLaughlin had 16 points and nine assists to help No. 23 Southern California stay unbeaten with a 79-67 victory over Cornell on Monday night.
After getting off to a slow start, the Trojans (11-0) overcame an early 10-point deficit. They took the lead late in the first half and never trailed after halftime.
USC had a commanding height advantage and outrebounded Cornell 43-28.
Playing its seventh road game of the season, Cornell (2-7) still gave USC a tougher time than expected. Stone Gettings scored 22 points for the Big Red, Rob Hatter had 20 and Matt Morgan added 15.
USC looked like a team taking the Big Red lightly in the early going. With the Trojans hitting just one of their first eight shots, Cornell jumped out to a 16-6 lead behind a trio of 3-pointers from Gettings, a local product from Los Angeles Loyola High School.
Cornell was still up by nine with less than 8 minutes to play in the first half when USC started its comeback. Elijah Stewart, the Trojans' leading scorer, missed his first five shots but hit a 3 in the last minute to give USC a 37-34 lead at the break.
Metu had 11 points at halftime.
The Trojans moved up one spot to No. 23 this week and figure to continue slowly climbing as long as they remain undefeated.
USC: The 11-game winning streak is the longest for the Trojans to start a season since they opened 16-0 in 1971 and finished 24-2.
USC: The Trojans face Missouri State on Thursday, their third of five consecutive home games.