LOS ANGELES (AP) Jordan McLaughlin had 26 points and 13 assists, Nick Rakocevic added 24 points with 19 rebounds and short-handed USC needed two overtimes to beat UNC Asheville 103-98 on Tuesday night in the NIT's first round.
McLaughlin was fouled on a drive with 25.1 seconds left in regulation and made two free throws to tie it at 70 after the Trojans had made just five of their first 16. UNC Asheville dribbled down the clock, but Ahmad Thomas' contested jumper was short.
Jonathan Baehre faked a high screen and rolled for an open dunk to give UNC Asheville an 83-82 lead in the first overtime. After a USC miss, Macio Teague made two free throws at 13.6 for a three-point lead but McLaughlin drilled a 3 to tie it at 6.4 and Teague was short at the buzzer.