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Southern Cal hits late 3, upsets 6th-seeded SMU in NCAAs

Southern California's Jordan McLaughlin (11), De'Anthony Melton (22), Chimezie Metu (4) and Bennie Boatwright (25) celebrate their 66-65 win over SMU in a first-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla., Friday March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Southern California's Jordan McLaughlin (11), De'Anthony Melton (22), Chimezie Metu (4) and Bennie Boatwright (25) celebrate their 66-65 win over SMU in a first-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla., Friday March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Elijah Stewart hit a late 3-pointer for No. 11 seed Southern California as the Trojans upset sixth seeded SMU 66-65 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

SMU's Shake Milton missed a floater at the buzzer.

Stewart had 22 points for the Trojans (26-9). Bennie Boatright and Chimezie Metu each added 14 for USC, which advances to play Baylor in the second round of the East region on Sunday.

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Semi Ojeleye had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Sterling Brown had 17 points for SMU (30-5), which had won 16 straight.

SMU was in the NCAA Tournament after being banned from postseason play a year ago for multiple violations, including academic fraud and unethical conduct.

BIG PICTURE

USC: USC also rallied from a big deficit in the second half in its First Four win over Providence on Wednesday night. Against SMU, the Trojans trailed by 10 in the second half.

SMU: Getting back to the NCAA Tournament was a big deal for the Mustangs, who qualified in 2015. SMU won the American Athletic Conference regular season and postseason titles.

UP NEXT:

USC: Will play Baylor Sunday in the second round.

SMU: Season over.

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