USC overcame the absence of Chimezie Metu, thanks to 26 points from Jordan McLaughlin, 24 from Nick Rakocevic and 22 from Elijah Stewart. Good for McLaughlin and Stewart, who are seniors, to keep playing and never sitting out.
“Chimezie made a personal decision to not play,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “Basically it’s a prevention of injury (decision). He’ll prepare for the NBA draft. That was a personal decision on his part. That young man deserves to make his own decision and we support him.”
Metu did not speak to the media but he took to twitter:
There were 1,614 fans at the game. Metu deleted the tweets early Wednesday morning.
USC will face Western Kentucky in a second round NIT game on Monday at 8:30 p.m. PDT at Galen Center.