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SMU's Semi Ojeleye Soars Above Rim For Gorgeous Put-Back Dunk

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Nathan Hunsinger

And before another second ticked off the game clock, Ojeyele seemed to fly in with a one-handed slam to dunk the ball in the highlight-iest highlight of the 2017 NCAA tournament so far.

SMU tips off on Friday against USC.

But the Mustangs' time in the NCAA tournament lasted a mere two hours, and ended at the hands of a familiar opponent.

In knocking off sixth-seeded SMU 66-65 on Friday, USC achieved two significant feats: one personal and the other general. SMU lost for the first time since January 12.

The Mustangs led almost the entire game, only to relinquish the lead with 36 seconds remaining when Elijah Stewart made a three-pointer to put the Trojans up 66-65. There isn't pressure to live up to lofty expectations, such as was the case for SMU after winning a conference regular-season and tournament title, and thus no reason to tighten up and stress. The Trojans did it by pulling off it's the second comeback in a row. USC won by going on a 25-15 run in the last 12:04. The Trojans are responsible for 40 percent of SMU's losses this year. It's the second straight game that they trailed at halftime. SMU still led at halftime, 38-30.

Fresh off their Round of 64 victory over SMU, the Trojans opened as a 6.5-point underdog to Baylor, according to the VegasInsider.com consensus line.

USC went to the zone with 13 minutes remaining when the Mustangs had pulled in front by nine points.

But Milton couldn't erase the second one.

Ojeleye did all he could to put off this decision for at least another game.

USC threatened, constantly, but it could not claim the lead.

USC: Will play Baylor Sunday in the second round. Chimezie Metu also scored 14. "So he had me put a different set of glasses on the way I see the game and that was good because I started paying more attention to that". Cincinnati is known for its defense and did that, too, preventing Kansas State (21-14) from making much of a run after building a 17-point lead.

SMU's final look by Shake Milton was challenged but reasonable, a floater between defenders near the basket.

In the game Wednesday, USC outscored Providence 46-27 in the second half. SMU scored only two points over the next five minutes, and USC cut the deficit to as little as four points.

USC didn't take the lead for the first time until Bennie Boatwright sank a three-pointer with 2:09 left to take a 63-62 lead. Brown, often matched up with tough perimeter defender Melton, scored 11 points in the opening 20 minutes. Players knew SMU, a more prolific offensive team than Providence, were not likely to squander a similar lead.

ARKANSAS 77, SETON HALL 71: Jaylen Barford hit the go-ahead layup with 57.8 seconds left to help Arkansas hold off Seton Hall 77-71 on Friday.

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