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

North Dakota State Bison guard Cameron Hunter (22) reacts after a foul against the USC Trojans during the second half Monday, Nov. 13, at Galen Center in Los Angeles. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports1 / 4
USC Trojans guard Elijah Stewart (30) loses the ball defended by North Dakota State Bison guard Tyson Ward (24) during the first half Monday, Nov. 13, at Galen Center in Los Angeles. Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports2 / 4
Nov 13, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; North Dakota State Bison guard Tyson Ward (front) and USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (back) battle for the loose ball during the second half Monday, Nov. 13, at Galen Center in Los Angeles. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports3 / 4
North Dakota State Bison guard Cameron Hunter (22) attempts a shot defended by USC Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) during the second half at Galen Center. Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports4 / 4

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, Nov. 13, 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.

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