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Stewart leads USC into Las Vegas Classic title game

LAS VEGAS (AP) Even though Southern California was perfect on the season, coach Andy Enfield tried a new lineup Thursday night.

Enfield started four guards against Missouri State because in three of their past four games, the Trojans trailed by double digits in the first half.

This time, they never trailed at all.

Elijah Stewart scored 21 points to lead No. 23 USC past Missouri State 83-75 in the third round of the Las Vegas Classic as the Trojans remained one of six unbeaten teams in Division I.

Southern California (12-0) shot 55 percent from the field and will play Wyoming in the championship game Friday night.

''I just wanted to try something different,'' Enfield said. ''We got out in transition and spread the floor. We played really good defense.''

Jordan McLaughlin added 19 points, while Chimezie Metu had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Trojans.

Stewart was 7 of 10 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range.

''We just aren't selfish,'' he said. ''If it is not your night, you get off of it. I don't mind giving it to a freshman. Whoever is hot, we just feed them.''

Alize Johnson and Ronnie Rousseau III led Missouri State (8-4) with 17 points each. Johnson pulled down nine rebounds.

Ryan Kreklow had 12 points and Dequon Miller added 11 as the Bears finished 13 of 35 from 3-point range. The 35 attempts were a school record.

''The last 2 1/2 minutes took about 25 minutes,'' Enfield said. ''But give (Missouri State) credit. They have some good shooters and they made some 3s at the end.''

USC outscored the Bears in the paint 38-18.

The Trojans' 19-point second-half lead was cut to 70-63 with 1:23 left, but the Bears got no closer after taking a string of 3-pointers down the stretch.

''They don't make many mistakes,'' Missouri State coach Paul Lusk said about USC. ''Offensively, they can hurt you so many ways. They have a lot of talented offensive players. They're skilled. Jordan McLaughlin plays at his own pace. They made some back-breaking plays.''

This was the first meeting between the schools.

BIG PICTURE

USC: The Trojans' winning streak to start the season is their longest since 1971, when they won 16 straight. ... Coming in, the Trojans were seventh nationally in blocks, averaging 7.0 per game. However, USC only had four on Thursday.

Missouri State: This was the Bears' toughest test of the season, facing their first Top 25 opponent. ... It was only the second time Missouri State trailed at halftime this season. ... No Bears player had two field goals until Miller got his second on a 3-pointer with 2:01 left until halftime.

FAST START

USC scored the first six points. After Missouri State answered with the next five, the Trojans went on an 8-0 run and built their largest lead of the half at 39-25.

SIN CITY

This is the fifth time the Trojans have played at the Orleans Arena, either at the Las Vegas Invitational or Classic. USC played here in 2007 and 2012, splitting its two games here each time.

Meanwhile, this is the fourth time the Bears have been in the Las Vegas Classic, making previous appearances in 2001, 2007 and 2011. The Bears are 8-7 in Las Vegas.

UP NEXT

USC plays in the Classic's championship game against Wyoming on Friday night.

Missouri State plays DePaul for the second time this season in the consolation game Friday. The Bears lost 68-66 at DePaul on a buzzer-beating shot Nov. 23.

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Key Players
J. McLaughlin
D. Miller
31.7 Min. Per Game 31.7
11.3 Pts. Per Game 11.3
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
3.2 Reb. Per Game 3.2
54.1 Field Goal % 37.8
36.1 Three Point % 32.1
80.9 Free Throw % 75.0
+ 3 Ronnie Rousseau III made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ryan Kreklow 0.0
+ 1 Elijah Stewart made 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
+ 1 Elijah Stewart made 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Personal foul on Dequon Miller 10.0
+ 3 Ryan Kreklow made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarrid Rhodes 13.0
+ 1 Jordan McLaughlin made 2nd of 2 free throws 19.0
+ 1 Jordan McLaughlin made 1st of 2 free throws 19.0
  Personal foul on Dequon Miller 19.0
+ 1 Ronnie Rousseau III made 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
+ 1 Ronnie Rousseau III made 1st of 2 free throws 20.0
  Personal foul on Elijah Stewart 20.0
Team Stats
Points 83 75
Field Goals 29-53 (54.7%) 24-64 (37.5%)
3-Pointers 8-19 (42.1%) 14-36 (38.9%)
Free Throws 17-19 (89.5%) 13-19 (68.4%)
Total Rebounds 36 32
Offensive 5 10
Defensive 24 18
Team 7 4
Assists 17 19
Steals 4 9
Blocks 4 2
Turnovers 13 9
Fouls 12 20
Technicals 1 0
21 PTS, 2 REB
17 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo 23 USC 12-0 394483
home team logo Missouri St. 8-4 284775
Team Stats
away team logo 23 USC 12-0 76.3 PPG 38.5 RPG 16.2 APG
home team logo Missouri St. 8-4 68.9 PPG 33.4 RPG 11.1 APG
Key Players
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E. Stewart G PPG RPG APG FG%
00
R. Rousseau III G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
E. Stewart G 21 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
R. Rousseau III G 17 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
54.7 FG% 37.5
42.1 3PT FG% 38.9
89.5 FT% 68.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Stewart 21 2 0 7/10 4/6 3/3 3 36 1 0 1 1 1
J. McLaughlin 19 4 5 6/13 1/3 6/6 1 36 1 0 3 1 3
C. Metu 13 9 4 5/7 0/0 3/5 0 33 0 3 2 0 9
D. Melton 12 6 3 4/6 0/0 4/4 1 35 0 1 5 1 5
S. Aaron 9 4 3 3/9 3/8 0/0 2 28 1 0 1 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Stewart 21 2 0 7/10 4/6 3/3 3 36 1 0 1 1 1
J. McLaughlin 19 4 5 6/13 1/3 6/6 1 36 1 0 3 1 3
C. Metu 13 9 4 5/7 0/0 3/5 0 33 0 3 2 0 9
D. Melton 12 6 3 4/6 0/0 4/4 1 35 0 1 5 1 5
S. Aaron 9 4 3 3/9 3/8 0/0 2 28 1 0 1 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Rakocevic 7 3 2 3/3 0/0 1/1 2 15 0 0 1 1 2
J. Mathews 2 1 0 1/5 0/2 0/0 3 17 1 0 0 0 1
C. Buggs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Karis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Dhillon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Boatwright - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Henderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Fleming - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 29 17 29/53 8/19 17/19 12 200 4 4 13 5 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Johnson 17 9 5 4/10 3/6 6/8 4 30 2 0 1 2 7
R. Rousseau III 17 3 3 5/11 2/5 5/6 3 30 2 0 0 2 1
D. Miller 11 4 3 4/12 3/8 0/1 5 29 2 0 4 2 2
J. Martin 4 2 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 0 1 1 1
J. Rhodes 3 2 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 1 22 0 0 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Johnson 17 9 5 4/10 3/6 6/8 4 30 2 0 1 2 7
R. Rousseau III 17 3 3 5/11 2/5 5/6 3 30 2 0 0 2 1
D. Miller 11 4 3 4/12 3/8 0/1 5 29 2 0 4 2 2
J. Martin 4 2 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 0 1 1 1
J. Rhodes 3 2 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 1 22 0 0 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Kreklow 12 0 2 4/9 4/8 0/0 3 20 1 0 0 0 0
O. Church 5 6 2 2/3 0/0 1/2 2 26 1 2 2 2 4
A. Ruder 3 1 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 1
J. Dixon 3 1 3 1/6 0/2 1/2 1 17 1 0 1 0 1
T. McCullough 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
C. Kendrix - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Owens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Hill-Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 28 19 24/64 14/36 13/19 20 200 9 2 9 10 18