Army pulled off a stunning and rare basketball victory on Saturday night, beating the University of Southern California, 85-77, in overtime in Los Angeles. Army (7-2) erased an eight-point deficit over the final four minutes of regulation play.
Kyle Wilson, the Patriot League’s preseason player of the year, scored 30 points to lead Army. His lay-up with 24 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 65. Larry Toomey had pulled Army within two with a 3-pointer with 1:14 left.
Three-pointers by Toomey and Wilson in the opening minute of overtime staked Army to a 71-65 lead. Wilson tacked on six free throws to close out the victory.
It is Army’s second victory all-time over a current Pac 12 team, the last coming over Washington State on Dec. 29, 1964.
Kevin Ferguson posted 14 points and six rebounds. Toomey had 12 points and six rebounds. Luke Morrison had 11 points and seven rebounds. Dylan Cox had eight points, eight rebounds and three assists. Army shot 43 percent from the field, and 12 of its 43 rebounds came on the offensive glass.
Jordan McLaughlin had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead USC (6-4). Katin Reinhardt had 17 points and five assists. Nikola Jovanovic had 14 points and 13 rebounds. The Trojans shot 40 percent and had just one more rebound than Army.
Army led by as much as eight in the first half, an 11-0 run giving the Black Knights a 25-17 lead. Army went into halftime with a 36-33 lead.
USC held a 65-63 lead and Strahinj Cavrilovic grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed shot by Jordan McLaughlin. USC coach Andy Enfield said he wished Cavrilovic had kicked the ball out to a teammate and force Army to foul; instead, he tried to post a shot over two Army defenders and missed. Army ran a play and Wilson scored the tying layup.