UCLA guard Chris Smith, right, is defended by Southern California guard Ethan Anderson (20) and guard Jonah Mathews during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Mathews, USC snap UCLA's 7-game streak on last-second 3

March 07, 2020 - 5:49 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonah Mathews hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1 second remaining on senior day, helping Southern California edge UCLA 54-52 on Saturday and end the Bruins' seven-game winning streak.

The Bruins (19-12, 12-6 Pac-12 Conference) came into the game tied for first with Oregon. Now they'll have to await the outcome of the Ducks' game against Stanford later Saturday. A victory would give the Ducks the title outright; a loss would allow UCLA to claim a share of its first league title since 2013.

Mathews scored 19 points to lead the Trojans (22-9, 11-7). He made five 3-pointers, becoming USC's career leader with 247. Onyeka Okongwu added 16 points.

His game-winning shot triggered a raucous celebration, with fans rushing onto the court.

UCLA had its chances against the Trojans. It was a close game throughout, with neither team leading by more than five points.

Trailing 51-50, Chris Smith passed to Jake Kyman, who fell down while backing up near the Bruins' bench for the turnover with 30 seconds to go.

USC inbounded the ball under heavy pressure and Smith drew his fifth foul, sending Okongwu to the line. The freshman missed both. The Trojans missed 6 of 10 free throws over the final 4 1/2 minutes.

Cody Riley made a pair of free throws to put the Bruins ahead 52-51 with nine seconds left, their first lead since early in the second half. Riley led the Bruins with 13 points off the bench. Smith finished with 12 points.


UCLA: The Bruins have already locked up a first-round bye in next week's Pac-12 Tournament. Unless they win the tournament and earn its automatic berth, however, they could miss the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

USC: The Trojans finished 14-2 at home, including 10-1 in their last 11. They completed a season sweep of the Bruins, having won 74-63 in Westwood on Jan. 11. They improved to 18-1 when holding opponents under 70 points.


Both teams compete in the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.


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