Texas A&M and USC traded blows all night in an early season non-conference thriller that saw the Trojans emerge victorious.
USC (3-0) defeated Texas A&M (2-1) 65-63 Friday night in college station thanks to a last-minute alley-oop from USC’s Chimezie Metu. A&M freshman D.J. Hogg, who finished the game with points including five 3-pointers, missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer. Both teams look like they have the potential to make the NCAA Tournament, so this game could be one that’s talked about in March when filling out the tourney field.
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Player of the game
Metu led the way for the Trojans and finished the game with a double-double. He snagged a total of 10 boards and finished with 14 points, none more important than his final two scored on the game-winning alley-oop.
Stat line of the game
Texas A&M looked in control for most of the second half of the game, but USC finished the half strong to take the win. The Trojans finished the game on a 12-1 to remain undefeated this season. USC also had a 14-4 run to end the first half and take a two point lead into the second period. The Aggies’ inability to close out each half is a concern for Billy Kennedy and his team early in the season.
As time was expiring in the final 30 seconds of the contest and USC trailing by two points, Texas A&M blocked a Trojans’ 3-point attempt. The block put the Aggies defense out of sorts. Tim McLaughlin lobbed a pass and Metu leapt and snagged an alley-oop to secure a one-point lead and the win.
What’s next for Texas A&M?
The Aggies are off until Thanksgiving Day, when they travel to Fullerton, Calif. to play Cal State Northridge in the first game of the Wooden Legacy tournament. The Matadors are 1-2 and lost by 30 to Stanford on Tuesday.