March Madness: No. 11 USC vs. No. 3 Baylor

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TULSA, Okla. — Baylor knew Southern California would keep coming.

Unlike Providence and SMU, the Bears had answers.

Johnathan Motley had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Manu Lecomte scored all 12 of his points in the final 5 minutes, and Baylor defeated USC 82-78 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 11th-seeded Trojans had rallied from second-half deficits to win their first two NCAA Tournament games , but Lecomte was the spark that held the Trojans at bay. The point guard from Belgium didn't score until a four-point play that gave the Bears a 69-67 lead with 4:40 remaining. It started his run of eight points in 45 seconds, and third-seeded Baylor never trailed again.

Ishmail Wainright #24 of the Baylor Bears looks
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Ishmail Wainright #24 of the Baylor Bears looks on against the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The microphone of sports anchor Dana Jacobson with
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The microphone of sports anchor Dana Jacobson with the words "Sager Strong" is seen during the game between the Baylor Bears and the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Al Freeman #25 of the Baylor Bears is
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Al Freeman #25 of the Baylor Bears is defended by Jordan McLaughlin #11 of the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Jake Lindsey #3 of the Baylor Bears saves
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Jake Lindsey #3 of the Baylor Bears saves the ball from going out-of-bounds against the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Johnathan Motley #5 of the Baylor Bears attempts
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Johnathan Motley #5 of the Baylor Bears attempts a shot is defended by Chimezie Metu #4 of the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Baylor Bears and USC Trojans mascots perform
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The Baylor Bears and USC Trojans mascots perform during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Chimezie Metu #4 of the USC Trojans attempts
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Chimezie Metu #4 of the USC Trojans attempts a lay up against the Baylor Bears during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Al Freeman #25 of the Baylor Bears attempts
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Al Freeman #25 of the Baylor Bears attempts a shot against the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Ishmail Wainright #24 of the Baylor Bears reacts
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Ishmail Wainright #24 of the Baylor Bears reacts from the bench against the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Johnathan Motley #5 of the Baylor Bears dunks
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Johnathan Motley #5 of the Baylor Bears dunks the ball against the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Ishmail Wainright #24 of the Baylor Bears reacts
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Ishmail Wainright #24 of the Baylor Bears reacts from the bench against the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Southern California guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) shoots in
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Southern California guard Jordan McLaughlin (11) shoots in front of Baylor forward Johnathan Motley (5) during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Baylor guard Ishmail Wainright (24) dunks during the
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Baylor guard Ishmail Wainright (24) dunks during the first half of a second-round game against Southern California during the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

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Al Freeman #25 of the Baylor Bears attempts
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Al Freeman #25 of the Baylor Bears attempts a shot defended by De'Anthony Melton #22 of the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Head coach Scott Drew of the Baylor Bears
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Head coach Scott Drew of the Baylor Bears instructs his team against the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Nick Rakocevic #31 of the USC Trojans and
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Nick Rakocevic #31 of the USC Trojans and Terry Maston #31 of the Baylor Bears battle for the rebound during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Elijah Stewart #30 of the USC Trojans dunks
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Elijah Stewart #30 of the USC Trojans dunks the ball against the Baylor Bears during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Johnathan Motley #5 of the Baylor Bears is
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Johnathan Motley #5 of the Baylor Bears is defended by Elijah Stewart #30 of the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Head coach Andy Enfield of the USC Trojans
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Head coach Andy Enfield of the USC Trojans looks on against the Baylor Bears during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. #0 of the Baylor Bears
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Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. #0 of the Baylor Bears attempts a shot against the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Terry Maston #31 of the Baylor Bears attempts
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Terry Maston #31 of the Baylor Bears attempts a shot against the USC Trojans during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Head coach Andy Enfield of the USC Trojans
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Head coach Andy Enfield of the USC Trojans looks on against the Baylor Bears during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 19, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Baylor's Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (0) watches as forward
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Baylor's Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (0) watches as forward Johnathan Motley (5) loses control of the ball on a shot attempt as Southern California' Elijah Stewart and Chimezie Metu (4) defend in the first half of a second-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Baylor's King McClure (22) watches as Jo Lual-Acuil
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Baylor's King McClure (22) watches as Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (0) of Australia defends against a shot by Southern California' Chimezie Metu (4) in the first half of a second-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Baylor head coach Scott Drew instructs his team
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Baylor head coach Scott Drew instructs his team in first half of a second-round game against Southern California in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Baylor guard King McClure (22) takes a shot
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Baylor guard King McClure (22) takes a shot as Southern California' De'Anthony Melton, rear, and Jordan McLaughlin (11) defend in the first half of a second-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Baylor's King McClure (22) goes up to sink
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Baylor's King McClure (22) goes up to sink a three-point basket as Southern California' De'Anthony Melton, right, watches in the first half of a second-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla., Sunday, March 19, 2017.

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