USC falls to Baylor 82-78 in NCAA Second Round

Henrietta Brewer
March 20, 2017

The league matched last year's total of three teams in the Sweet 16, when West Virginia, Kansas and Baylor pulled off second-round victories.

And a season born of incredible optimism came to a stunning, premature end in what has to rank as one of the biggest second-round upsets in NCAA history, an 88-81 loss to SC.

The Gamecocks struggled early finishing their shots, failing to convert steals and fastbreaks into points.

The Gamecocks made the most of their time at the line, connecting on 23 of their 28 free throw attempts.

None of them saw SC scoring 65 points in the second half, either. He won't have Jayson Tatum, likely won't have Luke Kennard and could very well be missing Grayson Allen and Harry Giles, too.

TULSA, Okla. - Johnathan Motley had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 3 seed Baylor defeated No. 11 seed Southern California 82-78 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

SC (24-10): Kotsar 0-3 0-0 0, Silva 6-12 5-5 17, Notice 6-8 3-3 17, Thornwell 6-14 9-12 24, Dozier 5-12 1-1 11, Keita 0-2 0-1 0, Felder 2-5 9-10 15, Gravett 0-3 0-0 0, McKie 2-4 0-0 4.

In a rematch of a memorable 2014 NCAA Tournament second-round matchup that saw No. 1 seed Wichita State's unbeaten season end at the hands Kentucky, this matchup almost lived up to the enormous hype of that first game.

A four-point play by Lecomte put the Bears up 69-67. Duke goes down as a tease, a disappointment, a team that could only occasionally put it all together but seemed destined to finish in the most predictably unpredictable way possible: losing a de facto road game against a team nearly nobody predicted would beat them.

Thornwell had 24 points and Silva scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half.

They were the seventh seed. They'll face either Rhode Island or OR in Kansas City.

But Wagner bailed out the Wolverines from a poor game.

It means the Gamecocks make a fourth consecutive Sweet 16.

Sophie Bruner, who led Arizona State with 20 points and nine rebounds, missed a heavily contested 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied it.

With Oregon's season on the brink of an early NCAA Tournament exit, Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks delivered as they have so many times this season in crunch time.

"It's no secret I didn't think we should be playing a one seed in the second round on their home floor". Devonte' Graham added 18 points and Landen Lucas had 10 for the Jayhawks, who shot 53.1 percent (34 of 64) in the win.

Five players finished in double figures for Kansas, with Svi Mykhailiuk and Devonte' Graham adding 16 points each and Landen Lucas 13. SC fans, as they should have, overtook the building.

As a freshman, Silva averaged more fouls per game (3.1) than made field goals (1.7).

But Michigan charged back with a relentless 3-point barrage, taking a 62-61 lead on Walton's 3 with 12:26 left making three more 3s in a 14-4 run that made it 76-68.

As USC (yeah, I know, but it's the biggest win in school history and the Trojans just lost, so let us have this one) stretched the lead to four, resignation changed to fear; as the lead grew to seven, then 10 points, fear melted into hope. The win was a bit of revenge for MI (26-11), which was beaten 82-76 by Louisville in the 2013 NCAA Tournament final.

Yes, Kentucky's freshman trio did it all.

Before the game Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne argued her team had been underseeded, and the matchup felt more to her like a Sweet 16-type game. The Shockers (31-5) were wiping away tears after another crushing second-round loss.

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