NCAA Midwest Region: #3 Baylor Bears vs. #11 USC Trojans
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 0:51
The 11th-seeded Trojans (26-10), who under head coach Andy Enfield set a USC season record for wins, had rallied for victories in their first two post- season games against Providence and SMU and nearly did it again Sunday evening against Baylor (27-7). The college basketball odds for the game have the Bears favored to pick up the win by a handful of possessions.
Behind Lecomte's surge and 19 points off the bench from Terry Maston, the Bears moved on to their first Sweet 16 since 2014.
"We're just anxious about us and what kind of guys we are in this locker room", he said.
Baylor will play SC in the Sweet 16 in NY.
Beatrice Mompremier led Baylor with 23 points and 11 rebounds as all of Baylor's players scored in the game.
Crosstown rival USC missed it by four points. Lecomte scored all 12 of his points in the last five minutes.
"Before the game, my teammates and coaches told me to be aggressive and take shots", McClure said.
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On the Trojans' next trip down the floor, Stewart drove baseline for a dunk, was fouled and completed a 3-point play for a four-point edge with 9:48 remaining.
In fact, this is the first time since 2009 that the Trojans have made it past the round of 64, and if they can win they will reach the Sweet Sixteen for only the fifth time; the third since the turn of the century.
But that's when Lecomte took over for Baylor. "He's able to impact the game on that end, so he's doing a lot of really good things".
The nationally-televised game on ESPN2 between Baylor and Cal at the Ferrell Center is set for 8 p.m.
Baylor dominated the rebounding category, 21-12, in the first half. Metu and Boatwright added 14 points apiece. The Bears and Trojans split two previous meetings.
First, it was the first four that the Trojans needed to overcome, and they did so with a 17 point comeback in route to a four-point win.