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