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Wichita State loses second game in as many nights

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Wichita State hopes what happened in Vegas
stays here.

The eighth-ranked Shockers came to Sin City unbeaten and are
leaving with two losses in as many nights.

Nick Young scored a season-high 26 points and Southern
California beat Wichita State 60-56 in the third-place game of the
Las Vegas Classic on Saturday, one night after the Shockers lost
71-68 to New Mexico for their first defeat of the season after
opening 9-0.

"They kept coming at us," Wichita State coach Mark Turgeon
said. "They have a lot more athletes than us. Nick Young was
unbelievable."

Young, who went 11-for-14 from the field, made a jumper as the
shot clock ran out with 1:03 to play, and Lodrick Stewart then
stole the ball and made one free throw to put the Trojans (10-3)
ahead 58-53.

But Sean Ogirri of Wichita State made a 3-pointer with 7 seconds
to go to make it 58-56, and Daniel Hackett of the Trojans had to
make two free throws with 6.4 seconds left to put the game away.

"We can't get caught up with what happened here in Vegas,"
Wichita State's Kyle Wilson said. "If there's a good thing with
the two losses, the timing is good. We get time off for Christmas,
guys go home, we get motivated for conference."

Hackett and Taj Gibson had 12 points and five rebounds apiece
for the Trojans, who have won five of six and beat a ranked
opponent for the first time this season. They lost to Kansas State
on Friday in the semifinals.

Hackett said the Trojans had that loss on their mind Saturday
night.

"There was a lot of emotion after that game," he said. "And a
lot of emotion before this game."

Ogirri led Wichita State (9-2) with 16 points.

P.J. Cousinard, who missed a start for the first time in 31
games on Friday with a stomach virus, scored 13 points for Wichita
State, and Wilson added 11 points and seven rebounds.

A dunk from Gibson put USC up by 10 with 13:28 remaining, and
the freshman blocked a shot and made a left-handed layup at the
other end to give the Trojans another double-digit lead, 44-34,
with 12 minutes to play.

But Cousinard, who didn't start and played just 8 minutes in the
first half, scored four straight points to pull Wichita State
within four and later cut it to 52-50 after two free throws with
3:36 remaining.

Cousinard again made it a two-point game at 55-53 with a layup
with 1:37 to play. He went 5-for-10 from the field and played 25
minutes.

"It was amazing what P.J. did," Turgeon said. "He had stayed
in bed, but he got on the bus and wanted to try it."

Wichita State's season-opening winning streak included victories
over then-No. 6 LSU and then-No. 15 Syracuse, but the Shockers had
to rally just to get close to New Mexico and never led against USC
in the second half Saturday.

Wichita State outrebounded USC 36-27, but shot just 38 percent
from the field to USC's 51 percent.

The Trojans have held 12 of their 13 opponents this season to
under 40 percent shooting.

"Our poise defensively finally helped us," USC coach Tim Floyd
said. "This was a quality win for us."

After holding USC to just two points for more than 7 minutes to
open the game, Wichita State went ahead 15-6 after Wilson caught an
alley-oop pass and dropped in a layup with 9:27 to play in the
first half.

USC answered with nine straight points to tie it -- including a
3-pointer and an 18-footer from Young. Young had 12 first-half
points and went 5-for-5 from the field.

After a first half that featured some shoving and shouting
matches, Hackett was intentionally fouled by Phillip Thomasson and
made both free throws with 1:48 to play.

"It was like a football game," Turgeon said, "they were very
physical."

Young made one of two foul shots late in the half, and Abdoulaye
N'diaye followed Young's miss with a rebound and short jumper to
put the Trojans up 28-21 at halftime.