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NDSU men give No. 10 USC a scare in 75-65 loss

USC Trojans guard Elijah Stewart (30) loses the ball defended by North Dakota State Bison guard Tyson Ward (24) during Monday night's college basketball game in Los Angeles. Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES—The University of Southern California, the 10th-ranked team in college men's basketball, needed a 13-5 run in the final four minutes to hold off North Dakota State Monday night for a 75-65 win.

NDSU, coming off an 85-66 loss Sunday at UC-Santa Barbara, trailed 62-60 with less than four minutes remaining before USC produced its game-winning run.

Jordan McLaughlin had a tip-in and a jumper that gave USC a 66-60 lead. Chimezie Metu's layup made it 68-60. Bennie Boatwright's dunk made it 70-60 with 2:07 remaining.

NDSU's Cameron Hunter made a layup and a 3-point field goal to make it 70-65 with 1:28 remaining. But USC made three free throws and had another dunk to close out the scoring.

Hunter, a 6-foot-2 redshirt freshman from Olate, Kan., led the Bison with 24 points.

The Bison had a 33-25 lead with 2:05 left of the first half before USC went on an 8-0 run to tie the score at halftime.

The Bison trailed 48-43 early in the second half before Hunter scored nine straight points—including a 3-pointer with 11:51 remaining that gave the Bison a 52-49 lead. NDSU's Deng Geu had back-to-back dunks to give the Bison a 56-51 lead.

USC went on a 9-2 run to take the lead for good. Boatwright scored a career-high 28 points for USC.

NDSU (65): D. Miller 1-1 1-2 3, Jacobson 1-2 0-0 2, Samuelson 3-7 0-0 9, P. Miller 2-12 2-2 7, Ward 3-10 0-0 7. Kreuser 1-3 0-0 2, Eliason 1-3 0-0 2, Geu 3-5 0-0 6, Quayle 1-5 0-0 3, Hunter 8-11 4-5 24. Totals: 24-59 (FG), 7-9 (FT).

USC (75): Boatwright 10-17 7-10 28, Metu 6-11 2-6 14, Mathews 2-5 1-3 6, McLaughlin 4-10 4-6 12, Stewart 3-10 2-2 10, Rakocevic 0-0 0-0 0, Usher 0-1 1-2 1, Aaron 1-2 0-2 2, Thornton 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 27-60 (FG), 17-31 (FT).

Halftime: NDSU 33, USC 33. Total fouls: NDSU 24, USC 12. Fouled out: Geu, Jacobson. 3-point goals: NDSU 10-29 (Samuelson 3-7, P. Miller 1-8. Ward 1-3, Quayle 1-4, Hunter 4-5), USC 4-16 (Boatwright 1-4, Mathews 1-2, Stewart 2-5). Rebounds: NDSU 31 (Ward 8), USC 45 (Boatwright 8, McLaughlin 8, Metu 7). Assists: NDSU 11 (Ward 5), USC 13 (McLaughlin 4). Turnovers: NDSU 19 (P. Miller 4, Ward 4), USC 14 (Boatwright 4). A--xxxx.

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