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USC edges Arizona State, 69-67
College Basketball

Southern California forward Bennie Boatwright (25) shoots next to Arizona State guard Rob Edwards (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. Boatwright’s 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining solidified the win for USC. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Southern California forward Bennie Boatwright (25) shoots next to Arizona State guard Rob Edwards (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. Boatwright’s 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining solidified the win for USC. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

LOS ANGELES — Bennie Boatwright scored 17 points and made the game-winning 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining to lead USC to a 69-67 victory over Arizona State on Saturday.

Arizona State’s Remy Martin missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing trip before Jonah Mathews got the rebound. Mathews missed the front end of a bonus and the Sun Devils called a timeout with 0.8 seconds remaining. Luguentz Dort missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

USC’s Nick Rakocevic scored 15 points before fouling out with 1:35 remaining. Shaqquan Aaron added 13 and Mathews 11.

Romello White led Arizona State (14-6, 5-3 Pac-12) with 11 points and Kimani Lawrence, Zylan Cheatham and Martin scored 10 apiece.

A pair of Dort free throws gave Arizona State a 44-39 advantage when the Trojans

(12-8, 5-2) scored 13 straight points. USC was 6 of 8 from the field and forced five turnovers as Thornton and Rakocevic scored four apiece. Rakocevic’s layup off a Thornton assist gave the Trojans a 52-44 lead with 13:33 remaining.

USC led 62-57 with 6:31 remaining when the Sun Devils took the lead with eight straight points by Martin, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Arizona State led 38-35 at the half as there were six ties and five lead changes in the first 20 minutes.

BOTTOM LINE

Arizona State: The Sun Devils remain one of three Pac-12 teams that hasn’t posted a road sweep since the conference expanded in 2011-12. They have not swept the Los Angeles portion of the trip since 1987.

USC: The Trojans have won three straight and find themselves among a group tied for second and two games behind Washington.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS

The game was a matchup of the top two rebounders in the Pac-12. Cheatham, who came into the game leading the conference with 10.2 boards per game, finished with 14 and got his eighth double-double of the season while Rakocevic, who was second at 9.8, had eight.

UP NEXT

Arizona State: Begins a stretch of three straight home games against Arizona on Thursday.

USC: Hits the road for its next two, starting against Washington on Wednesday.

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