USC remains unbeaten thanks to McLaughlin's driving layup

    Dec. 24, 2016

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) Jordan McLaughlin drove through the lane and made a left-handed layup with 4.5 seconds left in overtime to lift No. 23 Southern California to a 94-92 victory over Wyoming team in the championship game of the Las Vegas Classic on Friday night.

    USC (13-0) remains one of six undefeated teams in Division I and finishes unbeaten in its non-conference schedule.

    McLaughlin, the Classic's MVP, finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

    Jonah Mathews led the Trojans with 26 points and six steals while De'Anthony Melton added 16 points and eight rebounds.

    Haydon Dalton, who had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Wyoming, forced overtime hitting an improbable 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left after Melton missed a front end of a 1-and-1 with 15 seconds left and USC leading 90-87.

    Jason McManamen and Justin James led Wyoming (10-3) with 23 points apiece. McManamen was 6 of 14 from 3-point range.

    This was the final non-conference game for both teams, which play in their conference tournaments in March at Las Vegas.

    After Wyoming trailed 50-44 at halftime, the Cowboys grabbed a 52-51 lead and later extended it to 68-62. But USC responded and took an 82-78 lead. The Cowboys answered with four straight points, to tie it with 1:40 remaining.

    The Trojans took the lead on a layup by Stewart with 1:22 left and seemingly had the game in hand until the final seconds of regulation.

    ALL-OFFENSE HALF

    Both teams had their offenses clicking in the first half. From 3-point range, the Cowboys were 8 of 16, while the Trojans were 5 of 9, and overall from the field, Wyoming was 14 of 31 (45 percent), and USC 17 of 34 (50 percent).

    UP NEXT

    USC: The Trojans open Pac-12 Conference play at Oregon State on Wednesday.

    Wyoming: The Cowboys start Mountain West Conference play by hosting Air Force on Wednesday. Wyoming will be right back in Las Vegas next Saturday against UNLV.