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USC remains unbeaten thanks to McLaughlin's driving layup

LAS VEGAS (AP) Southern California coach Andy Enfield hopes this isn't the only time his team wins a tournament championship in Las Vegas this season.

The undefeated Trojans took their last non-conference test Friday night and it turned out to be an extremely difficult one against a stubborn Wyoming team.

With 30 seconds left in overtime, USC had the ball in a tie game.

Jordan McLaughlin dribbled down the clock, drove through traffic in the lane and made a left-handed layup with 4.5 seconds left that gave No. 23 USC a 94-92 win in the title game of the Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena.

''It wasn't a set play. It was a clear-out,'' Enfield said. ''We said make a play and if you do, shoot or pass it to someone open. He made a spectacular move to the basket.''

Wyoming's Jeremy Lieberman missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, and USC (13-0) remained one of six unbeaten teams in Division I. The Trojans finished without a blemish during the non-conference portion of their schedule.

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

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

Haydon Dalton, who had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Wyoming, forced overtime by hitting an improbable 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left after Melton missed the 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.

''USC is a good team and they deserved to be ranked in the country,'' Wyoming coach Allen Edwards said. ''We got guys that came off the bench that played well. It was a good challenge. We've been playing well.''

This was the final non-conference game for Wyoming as well. Both teams are scheduled to play their conference tournaments in Las Vegas in March.

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.

''Wyoming is a tough team,'' Enfield said. ''They have shooters all over the place. We almost gave it away with missing our free throws down the stretch.''

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

USC outscored Wyoming in the paint, 50-28.

ALL OFFENSE

Both teams had their offense 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).

The Trojans will return to Las Vegas in March and compete in the Pac-12 Conference tournament down the street at the new T-Mobile Arena.

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.

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Key Players
H. Dalton
20 F
J. McLaughlin
33.5 Min. Per Game 33.5
14.1 Pts. Per Game 14.1
5.2 Ast. Per Game 5.2
3.3 Reb. Per Game 3.3
54.3 Field Goal % 51.9
42.9 Three Point % 34.1
96.3 Free Throw % 82.0
  Defensive rebound by Southern California 1.0
  Jeremy Lieberman missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 2 Jordan McLaughlin made layup 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Jonah Mathews 33.0
  Jason McManamen missed 3-pt. jump shot 35.0
  30-second timeout called 49.0
  Defensive rebound by Jason McManamen 1:04
  Elijah Stewart missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:06
  Defensive rebound by Jordan McLaughlin 1:06
  Jason McManamen missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:08
  Offensive rebound by Alan Herndon 1:13
Team Stats
Points 92 94
Field Goals 29-73 (39.7%) 36-81 (44.4%)
3-Pointers 13-38 (34.2%) 8-23 (34.8%)
Free Throws 21-24 (87.5%) 14-21 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 52 45
Offensive 16 13
Defensive 34 27
Team 2 5
Assists 17 16
Steals 4 12
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 17 9
Fouls 17 22
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
26 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
12OTT
away team logo Wyoming 10-3 4441792
home team logo 23 USC 13-0 5035994
Team Stats
away team logo Wyoming 10-3 65.8 PPG 34.1 RPG 10.3 APG
home team logo 23 USC 13-0 76.3 PPG 38.5 RPG 16.2 APG
Key Players
00
J. James G PPG RPG APG FG%
2
J. Mathews G 12.6 PPG 2.9 RPG 2.2 APG 43.1 FG%
Top Scorers
J. James G 23 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
J. Mathews G 26 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
39.7 FG% 44.4
34.2 3PT FG% 34.8
87.5 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. McManamen 23 3 5 8/17 6/14 1/2 4 41 0 0 2 0 3
J. Naughton 8 10 0 2/4 0/0 4/6 2 16 0 0 1 5 5
L. Adams 8 3 3 1/9 0/2 6/6 3 23 0 0 1 0 3
J. Lieberman 5 2 1 2/7 1/6 0/0 1 22 1 1 2 0 2
A. Herndon 4 3 0 2/4 0/2 0/0 1 35 1 1 0 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. McManamen 23 3 5 8/17 6/14 1/2 4 41 0 0 2 0 3
J. Naughton 8 10 0 2/4 0/0 4/6 2 16 0 0 1 5 5
L. Adams 8 3 3 1/9 0/2 6/6 3 23 0 0 1 0 3
J. Lieberman 5 2 1 2/7 1/6 0/0 1 22 1 1 2 0 2
A. Herndon 4 3 0 2/4 0/2 0/0 1 35 1 1 0 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. James 23 5 2 7/15 3/4 6/6 2 34 2 0 4 3 2
H. Dalton 18 18 6 6/12 2/5 4/4 1 37 0 2 4 5 13
A. Aka Gorski 3 5 0 1/5 1/5 0/0 2 12 0 0 3 1 4
M. Marshall 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
A. Moemeka 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Averbuck - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Kelley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Mueller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 92 50 17 29/73 13/38 21/24 17 225 4 4 17 16 34
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. McLaughlin 22 7 5 9/22 1/5 3/3 1 43 2 0 0 2 5
D. Melton 16 8 2 6/12 1/1 3/4 3 39 1 1 2 2 6
C. Metu 11 7 2 5/7 0/0 1/2 5 27 1 1 4 2 5
E. Stewart 10 4 1 4/10 1/4 1/3 4 30 1 1 0 2 2
S. Aaron 0 1 0 0/8 0/5 0/2 2 18 0 0 0 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. McLaughlin 22 7 5 9/22 1/5 3/3 1 43 2 0 0 2 5
D. Melton 16 8 2 6/12 1/1 3/4 3 39 1 1 2 2 6
C. Metu 11 7 2 5/7 0/0 1/2 5 27 1 1 4 2 5
E. Stewart 10 4 1 4/10 1/4 1/3 4 30 1 1 0 2 2
S. Aaron 0 1 0 0/8 0/5 0/2 2 18 0 0 0 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Mathews 26 5 2 9/17 5/8 3/4 3 39 6 0 2 2 3
N. Rakocevic 4 5 4 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 22 1 1 1 2 3
C. Buggs 3 1 0 1/1 0/0 1/1 1 4 0 0 0 0 1
H. Henderson 2 2 0 0/2 0/0 2/2 0 3 0 0 0 0 2
K. Karis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Dhillon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Boatwright - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Fleming - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 94 40 16 36/81 8/23 14/21 22 225 12 4 9 13 27