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USC's offense runs through Jordan McLaughlin in 98-87 victory over UC Santa Barbara

USC's offense runs through Jordan McLaughlin in 98-87 victory over UC Santa Barbara

It was as if basketballs needed to touch Jordan McLaughlin’s generous hands before they could pass through Galen Center’s nets. The senior guard had two hands in half of USC’s converted field goals Sunday.

His 19 assists in the Trojans’ 98-87 win over UC Santa Barbara broke by three the university’s all-time record, which McLaughlin had set as a sophomore in 2015. His total tied the Pac-12 Conference record. No NCAA men’s player has recorded more in nine years.

McLaughlin learned of his feat only as the crowd of 3,519 did, late, when the news came over the loudspeakers and the game began to resemble a farce. With 108 seconds remaining, coach Andy Enfield removed McLaughlin...

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