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Basketball: Unbeaten USC tops UAlbany with late 3-pointer

Basketball: Unbeaten USC tops UAlbany with late 3-pointer

Courtney Jaco made a career-high six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to lead Soouthern Califo
Basketball: Unbeaten USC tops UAlbany with late 3-pointer
Shereesha Richards of UAlbany blocks out two USC players during Sunday night's championship game in the Women of Troy tournament.

Courtney Jaco made a career-high six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to lead Soouthern California to a 68-67 victory over the University at Albany Sunday in the championship game of the Women of Troy Classic.

Jaco knocked down her last three with five seconds left, nudging USC into the lead and leaving UAlbany (8-3) with just one off-balance look before the buzzer. The Trojans are 11-0, marking the best season start since 1982-83.

Jaco was named the tournament MVP after her 18-point performance in the title match. UAlbany’s Shereesha Richards, who had 33 points in the championship game, was named to the all-tournament team.

For just the second time this season, USC was trailing entering the fourth quarter of play. It may not have been familiar territory, but the Trojans were up to the task. The lead changed hands 11 times in the fourth frame, including a heated tug-of-war in the last 2:35. Kristen Simon delivered a three-point play to work into a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) and put USC ahead 60-59 with 2:34 on the clock.

Each team had an answer for the other down the stretch, and in the final minute, UAlb­any pulled into a 65-65 tie. Two Great Danes’ free throws with 26 ticks to go had UAlbany up 67-65, but the Trojans got the ball back to Jaco, who hit her sixth 3-pointer, putting the Trojans ahead for good.

UALBANY (67)

Richards 9-15 14-17 33, Carter 0-0 0-0 0, Coughlin 2-3 0-0 6, Tate 5-18 4-6 14, Saunders 4-7 4-4 12, Aiyalogbe 0-0 0-0 0, Lavergne 0-1 0-0 0, Forster 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 21-47 22-27 67.

USC (68)

Simon 5-9 3-7 13, Fagbenle 1-7 1-2 3, Adams 3-6 0-0 7, Taito 0-2 2-2 2, Barrett 5-13 8-8 18, Jaco 6-14 0-0 18, Mazyck 1-9 1-2 4, Lloyd 1-2 1-1 3. Totals: 22-62 16-22 68.

UAlbany 10 11 24 22 — 67

USC 7 20 17 24 — 68

Three-point goals: UAlbany 3-5 (Richards 1-2, Coughlin 2-3), USC 8-21 (Adams 1-3, Taito 0-1, Jaco 6-13, Mazyck 1-4). Rebounds: UAlbany 33 (Richards 9), USC 31 (Simon 11). Assists: UAlbany 19 (Saunders 9), USC 15 (Barrett 7). Total fouls: UAlbany 24, USC 22. Fouled out — Carter, Simon, Mazyck. A — 977.

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