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USC again rallies from double-digit deficit to advance in NCAA tournament with win over SMU

USC again rallies from double-digit deficit to advance in NCAA tournament with win over SMU

In USC’s huddle, as Jonah Mathews grabbed him, shook him and told him — correctly, it turned out — that he was about to hit USC’s biggest shot in a decade, Elijah Stewart told Mathews to shut up and get the heck off him.

“I was like, ‘Bro, you're messing up my vibes, man,’” Stewart said.

A moment later, down two points to Southern Methodist, Stewart settled into his favorite spot in the corner. He received a pass just where he liked it. Mathews, in fact, had not messed with his juju.

With good vibes, yet another back-from-the-dead comeback and Stewart’s late three-pointer, 11th-seeded USC shocked No. 6 SMU, 66-65, Friday in an NCAA tournament East Regional first-round...

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