NFL PLAYOFFS

Jacksonville 10 Buffalo 3

New Orleans 31 Carolina 26

NBA SCOREBOARD

Miami 103 Utah 102

New York 100 Dallas 96

Phoenix 114 Oklahoma City 100

Portland 111 San Antonio 110

LA Lakers 132 Atlanta 113

TOP 25 MEN’S BASKETBALL

Ohio State 80 #1 Michigan State 64

#9 Wichita State 95 South Florida 57

#4 Arizona State 80 Utah 77

#15 Miami Florida 80 #24 Florida State 74

#19 Cincinnati 76 SMU 56

ELSEWHERE

Wright State 86 Oakland 81 OT

Maryland 91 Iowa 73

TOP 25 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 Notre Dame 77 Georgia Tech 54

#3 Louisville 67 Virginia Tech 56

#15 Missouri 83 #4 South Carolina 74

#5 Mississippi State 83 LSU 70

#7 Tennessee 86 Vanderbilt 73

#8 Texas 75 Kansas State 64

#9 Oregon 70 #14 UCLA 61

#10 Ohio State 78 #22 Michigan 71 OT

Syracuse 76 #11 Florida State 69

#12 West Virginia 57 Iowa State 49

#13 Marilyn 71 Wisconsin 44

USC 65 #16 Oregon State 61

#17 Duke 69 North Carolina State 56

#18 Iowa 84 Illinois 71

#19 Texas A&M 82 Auburn 73

#20 Oklahoma State 96 Oklahoma 82

#23 California 53 Arizona 51

#25 Arizona State 73 #24 Stanford 66

ELSEWHERE

Butler 66 Seton Hall 48

Dayton 65 St. Joseph’s 59

St. John 67 Xavier 63

Nebraska 69 Northwestern 59

Minnesota 83 Michigan State 77

Bradley 88 Valparaiso 69

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY Islanders 5 New Jersey 4

Philadelphia 4 Buffalo 1

Chicago 4 Edmonton 1

Winnipeg 4 San Jose 1

Washington 4 St. Louis 3

Columbus 3 Florida 2

Montréal 5 Vancouver 2

Tampa Bay 5 Detroit 2

Pittsburgh 6 Boston 5

Vegas 2 NY Rangers 1

 

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JAGS win ugly game over Buffalo

JACKSONVILLE – They slugged, they fought and they clawed.

For a while that wasn’t enough for the Jaguars on Sunday – and then it was. Because it was, the Jaguars are going to the second round of the postseason.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles passed for just 87 yards but ran for 89 – and it was his running and a stifling defense that keyed a 10-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills in AFC Wild Card playoff game front of 69,442 at EverBank Field Sunday afternoon.

The AFC South Champion Jaguars (11-6) will visit the AFC North Champion Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) at Heinz Field in an AFC Divisional Playoff Sunday at 1 p.m. The Jaguars beat the Steelers, 30-9, in Pittsburgh in Week 5.

A one-yard touchdown pass from Bortles to tight end Ben Koyack gave the Jaguars a 10-3 lead with :52 remaining in the third quarter, and the Jaguars’ defense held the Bills on four drives after that.

Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey intercepted Bills backup quarterback Nathan Peterman with :32 remaining in the fourth quarter. Bills starter Tyrod Taylor left the game with an injury earlier on the final series.

Sunday marked the Jaguars’ first postseason game in a decade, and their first home postseason game in 18 years. The Bills (9-8) hadn’t made the postseason since 1999.

The Jaguars are now 3-1 all-time in the postseason at EverBank Field and have won six consecutive games at EverBank Field dating to a mid-October loss to the Los Angeles Rams this season.

Bortles struggled in the first half Sunday, but came up big on a key drive in the third quarter.

Bortles, after finishing the first half completing 6 of 15 passes for 33 yards with no touchdowns, led a 15-play, 86-yard drive that gave the Jaguars their first lead. The drive consumed 8:52 and ended when Bortles threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Koyack.

The touchdown came on 4th-and-goal from the 1 – one play after running back Leonard Fournette was stuffed for no gain trying to jump over the line of scrimmage on 3rd-and-goal.

Bortles, who rushed for 89 yards on nine carries Sunday, rushed three times for 20 yards on the drive. He completed three of three passes for 29 yards on the drive and Fournette rushed for 35 yards on the drive on eight carries.

Bortles completed 12 of 23 passes for 87 yards for the game. Fournette rushed for 57 yards on 21 carries, and the Jaguars finished the game with 231 yards and 15 first downs. The Bills finished with 263 yards and 20 first downs.

The Jaguars converted one of 10 third downs Sunday and forced two turnovers. The Jaguars did not commit a turnover.

Step by step:

*The first quarter ended 0-0 with both teams ending all possessions with punts. The Bills held a 67-27 total-yardage advantage at that point.

*The Jaguars squandered a major opportunity in the second quarter when they failed to score after cornerback Aaron Colvin’s interception gave them a first down at the Bills 35. The Jaguars lost three yards on the drive, and the Bills following a punt by Jacksonville drove 71 yards on 18 plays for a 31-yard go-ahead field goal by Stephen Haushcka. The Jaguars tied it when kicker Josh Lambo kicked a 44-yard field goal with :02 remaining in the quarter to cap a 27-yard drive. The Bills had 148 yards and 12 first downs at halftime to 84 yards and five first downs for the Jaguars.

*The Jaguars’ go-ahead drive dominated the third quarter and gave them a 10-3 lead entering the fourth quarter. The Bills had just 37 yards in the quarter to the Jaguars’ 112.

*Notable: Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee was active Sunday after missing the last two regular-season games with a high-ankle sprain. … Marcell Dareus started for the Jaguars at nose tackle. Dareus, acquired in a midseason trade with Buffalo, made his first start for the Jaguars in the regular-season finale against Tennessee last Sunday.

*Injury report: Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny sustained a hip injury in the second quarter and returned immediately but left again shortly thereafter. … Jaguars wide receiver Jaydon Mickens sustained a hamstring injury and did not return.

Jaguars inactives Sunday: wide receiver Montay Crockett, running back T.J. Yeldon, cornerback Jalen Myrick, nose tackle Eli Ankou, guard Chris Reed, offensive lineman Josh Walker and offensive lineman William Poehls.

*What’s next: The Jaguars will play the Steelers in an AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Sunday at 1 p.m.

 

Saints hold off Panthers

The New Orleans Saints advanced to the divisional round of the NFC playoffs with a heart-stopping 31-26 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in a wild-card game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Saints (12-5) will play at the Minnesota Vikings (13-3) next Sunday in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs at 3:40 p.m. on Fox. The Saints lost their season-opener at Minnesota 29-19

Quarterback Drew Brees was at his very best Sunday, completing 23 of 33 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard bomb to Ted Ginn Jr. to open the scoring. The Saints defense – especially Cam Jordan – was just as effective as they forced Carolina (11-6) into five field-goal attempts before letting them into the end zone and then held off a last-gasp drive.

It was the Saints’ first playoff victory since 2013 and their first home playoff win since 2011. Brees and Coach Sean Payton have never lost a playoff game in the Superdome.

The Saints grabbed a 21-9 halftime lead thanks to Ginn’s score, a 9-yard scoring pass from Brees to tight end Josh Hill, who played perhaps the best game of his career, and a 1-yard dive by fullback Zach Line. The offense struggled early in the second half, especially the run game, settling for a 57-yard Wil Lutz field goal before rookie Alvin Kamara scored on a 2-yard run with 5:08 to play.

In addition to Hill (three catches for 49 yards), receivers Michael Thomas and Ginn had excellent games, Thomas with eight catches for 131 yards and Ginn with four for 115 yards and the TD.

But Carolina, just two years removed from the Super Bowl, refused to go away, scoring on a 56-yard catch-and-run by rookie Christian McCaffrey with 4:09 left.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had to leave the game with about 8:30 left in the fourthq quarter after taking a hard sack from defensive tackle David Onyemata. Derek Anderson came in and his pass was batted down by Cam Jordan, his second batted pass of the game to along with a sack. Newton returned on the next possession.

Carolina took over with 1:51 to play on their 31-yard line, after matching into Saints territory Jordan forced Newton into an intentional grounding call and then he was sacked by Vonn Bell to end the game.

The Saints lost starting left guard Andrus Peat to injury early in the second quarter. He had to be carted off with his left leg immobilized. Veteran Senio Kelemete replaced Peat.

New Orleans Saints key stats

Drew Brees, 23 of 33 for 376 yards with two TDs and one interception

Mark Ingram, nine carries for 22 yards

Ted Ginn Jr., four catches for 115 yards and one TD

Michael Thomas, eight catches for 131 yards

 

CFL team buys more time to negotiate with Johnny Manziel

The Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats have bought themselves more time to negotiate with former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The CFL team issued a statement Sunday confirming that an offer was made to the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. By doing so, the Tiger-Cats maintained his rights and prevented him from becoming a free agent.

The team had 10 days to make an offer to the 25-year-old Manziel, who remains on its negotiation list for another year even if he rejects the bid.

The former Texas A&M star played two tumultuous seasons in the NFL until the Cleveland Browns released him in March 2016 amid a number of off-field issues.

Hamilton (6-12) finished third in the East Division last year and missed the playoffs.

The Tiger-Cats re-signed quarterback Jeremiah Masoli on Thursday, one day after trading Zach Collaros to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

 

Titans owner dispels rumors: Mularkey not going anywhere

Tennessee owner Amy Adams Strunk shot down speculation that Mike Mularkey’s job is at risk, saying her coach is going nowhere after helping change the Titans’ culture and getting their first playoff victory in 14 years.

National reports first had Mularkey potentially fired if the Titans lost their regular-season finale and again if Tennessee lost its AFC wild-card game at Kansas City. Instead, the Titans pulled off a major comeback after trailing 21-3 at halftime.

Strunk tried to stop all the talk with her statement on Mularkey’s job security Sunday .

“I regret that outside rumors gained a life of their own,” Strunk said. “No one has been a bigger supporter of Mike Mularkey than I have over the last two-plus seasons. … Just to eliminate any distractions moving forward, Mike Mularkey is our head coach and will be our head coach moving forward.”

Strunk made Mularkey interim head coach in November 2015 after firing Ken Whisenhunt who went 3-20 in his short tenure. Mularkey went 2-7 before Strunk gave him a three-year contract as head coach in January 2016, two days after hiring Jon Robinson as general manager.

Mularkey addressed the national reports that his job was on the line after the Titans beat Kansas City 22-21 on Saturday.

“No,” Mularkey said. “I haven’t had any support to say that I was (secure). No. I just assumed the worst.”

Strunk credited Mularkey and Robinson with changing the culture of the organization and said she’s so happy they’ve been able to win 19 games over the past two seasons, including the first playoff victory since Jan. 3, 2004. She said the Titans have plenty of work ahead starting with the AFC divisional round against either New England or Pittsburgh.

“I am looking forward to the journey,” Strunk said.

With the win over the Chiefs, Mularkey now has a victory in his first postseason game. He also is 21-21 since taking over the Titans. Their latest win needed an amazing comeback from a 21-3 halftime deficit, tying for the second-largest rally by a road team in the playoffs. They tied Dallas’ comeback from an 18-point deficit in 1972 in the divisional round to beat San Francisco.

Only Detroit’s rally from 20 points down in 1957 to beat the 49ers in the divisional round was bigger than Tennessee’s comeback.

Tennessee rallied by sticking with the run. The Titans set a postseason franchise record by running for 202 yards against the Chiefs. Derrick Henry ran for a career-high 156 yards, while Marcus Mariota added 46.

Cornerback Logan Ryan, a free agent signee this past offseason, says the Titans have done a lot with the first playoff appearance since 2008 and first playoff win in 14 years.

“That’s a pretty good coach to me,” Ryan said.

 

AP source: Packers promoting Gutekunst to be next GM

The Green Bay Packers are promoting director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to be the team’s next general manager, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

The person requested anonymity because the team has made no formal announcement. Gutekunst would replace Ted Thompson, who is transitioning to a senior advisory role in the front office.

Gutekunst has been Green Bay’s player personnel director for nearly two years, though he has been with the Packers’ player personnel department for nearly two decades.

The Houston Chronicle first reported Sunday that Gutekunst had taken the job.

Gutekunst interned in the Packers’ scouting department in the summer of 1997. His first full-time scouting job came the following year as an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs. He returned to the Packers as a college scout on Dec. 30, 1998, when he was hired by then-general manager and Hall of Famer Ron Wolf.

The Packers had several strong in-house candidates including Gutekunst.

“My goal is to find the right person and general manager who will be able to get us back to where we all think we should be and that’s winning Super Bowls,” team president Mark Murphy, who led the search, said last week.

Green Bay (7-9) finished with a losing record and out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The offense struggled after two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers missed nine games because of a collarbone injury. On defense, veteran coordinator Dom Capers was fired after a season in which the unit failed to generate consistent pass rush and had to rely on inexperienced players at cornerback because of injuries and turnover.

Gutekunst has also experience working with coach Mike McCarthy, who received an extension during the season to put him under contract through 2019.

“I have the best job in pro football, and no disrespect to the other 31 clubs, I love it here, I want to be here, but it has to fit for me, too, McCarthy said last week. “I’ve done this job long enough, I wouldn’t want the GM to hire me or partner with me if we don’t fit together.”

McCarthy is also filling several assistant coaching vacancies, including both the offensive and defensive coordinator positions.

 

Bears interview Chiefs’ Nagy for coaching job

The Chicago Bears were interviewing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy for their head coaching job.

Nagy has spent 10 seasons working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City. He did not call plays until late this season, but has drawn praise for his work with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. In Chicago, he would be trying to develop No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky.

The Chiefs won the AFC West, only to blow an 18-point halftime lead in a playoff loss to Tennessee on Saturday. The Bears met with Nagy in Kansas City on Sunday.

Chicago has also interviewed Philadelphia quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Minnesota and New England offensive coordinators Pat Shurmur and Josh McDaniels, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

The Bears fired John Fox after a 14-34 record in three years and a .292 winning percentage that ranks as the second-lowest in franchise history. They were 5-11 this past season.

 

The Latest: Goodell: new teams ‘brings hope for our fans’

Commissioner Roger Goodell says it is good for the league that eight of the 12 teams in this year’s playoffs are new.

Goodell was in Jacksonville for Sunday’s AFC wild-card game between the Jaguars and Buffalo Bills after being in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

“The competition is great,” Goodell said. “Two of those teams came from last to first (Jacksonville and Philadelphia). I think it brings hope for our fans and communities that their teams can turn it around.”

Four teams that weren’t in the playoffs last season are assured of playing next weekend – Tennessee, Philadelphia and the winners of Jacksonville-Buffalo and Carolina-New Orleans.

 

Michigan Heisman winner Woodson selected for Hall of Fame

Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson of Michigan has been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Woodson won the Heisman in 1997, becoming the first player who primarily played defense to win the award.

The rest of the 2018 Hall of Fame class will be revealed Monday morning by the National Football Foundation. Some of the newly selected inductees will be honored before the College Football Playoff national championship game between Alabama and Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday night.

Woodson was a star cornerback, and he also returned punts and played receiver for the Wolverines, who won The Associated Press national championship that season.

A star in the NFL with Oakland and Green Bay, Woodson will be the 31st Michigan player inducted into the Hall of Fame.

 

Overachieving Ohio State stuns No. 1 Michigan State 80-64

After missing the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons, roster shake-ups and a coaching change, Ohio State surged back toward national relevance with a signature win over the country’s top-ranked team.

Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 32 points, and the surprising Buckeyes stunned No. 1 Michigan State 80-64 on Sunday, bringing the fans at Value City Arena streaming onto the court to celebrate.

“This is a moment our fans and our players will remember for a long time,” first-year coach Chris Holtmann said. “It feels really good.”

Ohio State (13-4, 4-0 Big Ten) put together an electrifying 12-0 run to finish the first half and then kept its foot on the gas to win its third straight and take down the best team it is likely to see this season. The mistake-prone Spartans (15-2, 3-1) lost for the first time in their last 15 games, dating back to a seven-point loss to then-No. 1 Duke on Nov. 14.

The Buckeyes thumped a Michigan State team that was leading the nation in most offensive categories but shot poorly and committed a dozen turnovers.

“We all knew we could do it,” said Ohio State forward Jae’Sean Tate, who scored 13 points. “And that’s where it all started. You can’t go into a game against a team like Michigan State not believing that it’s possible to win. I think that’s the biggest factor of us winning tonight, just the belief that we could do it.”

The Buckeyes blew some big leads last season, and Tate said they didn’t feel safe until the last minute of the game, despite being up by 14 at the half and leading by as many as 25 in the second half.

“We just kept saying, don’t fold,” he said.

The Spartans, who came in leading the nation with a 53.3 field-goal percentage, shot just 39 percent. Joshua Langford and Miles Bridges each scored 17 points.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said a confident Ohio State team ran into the Spartans on an off day. The Buckeyes were ready for them. It was a simple as that.

“Don’t go searching now,” Izzo said. “We’re 15-2 and we had great practices. There was no thinking that we were better than we are. We ran up against a team that played awfully well, and the place was hopping.”

Bates-Diop hit 12 of 21 attempts from the floor, including 2 of 4 from the 3-point line. He had tied his career high with 27 points against Iowa three days ago. C.J. Jackson added 14 points for Ohio State.

Kam Williams opened up the second half with a slam, and the Buckeyes never trailed again. Michigan State pulled to within 14 points with 6:25 left but couldn’t get closer.

Ohio State last beat the No. 1 team in the country in 2007, when the then-No. 2 Buckeyes beat Wisconsin 49-48.

 

Kawhi Leonard has partial tear in left shoulder

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says forward Kawhi Leonard has a partial tear in his left shoulder.

Popovich revealed the injury Sunday before San Antonio’s game against the Trail Blazers. It was not immediately known how serious or extensive the tear is.

Leonard sustained the injury during the Spurs’ 103-89 win Friday over the Phoenix Suns.

“It’s too bad because he was starting to get back into form a little bit after playing a couple of games,” Popovich told reporters gathered.

The game against the Suns was just Leonard’s eighth appearance of the season after missing the first 27 games with right quadriceps tendinopathy.

Leonard had 21 points and three rebounds in 29 minutes against Phoenix.

 

Ngakoue says Incognito used “weak racist slurs” during game

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue says Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito used “weak racist slurs” during their playoff game Sunday.

Ngakoue voiced his complaint on Twitter, calling out Incognito by his No. 64 jersey.

Ngakoue wrote: “Great win today! And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I’m proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. (hash)Iaintjonathanmartin!”

An NFL investigation found that Incognito and two Miami Dolphins teammates engaged in persistent harassment directed at fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the team in the middle of the 2013 season. Incognito was suspended for the final eight games and sat out the 2014 season before joining the Bills.

The Jaguars beat the Bills 10-3 on Sunday, ending Buffalo’s season.

No other Jacksonville players mentioned racial slurs or Incognito in the locker room after the game.

 

Dustin Johnson powers his way to win at Kapalua

Turns out the Sentry Tournament of Champions built the ideal trophy for Dustin Johnson. The 35-pound glass sculpture, embracing the essence of Maui, depicts a wave crashing on one side and a humpback whale on the other.

Perfect.

No one is riding higher at the moment. There’s no bigger fish in the water.

Johnson turned a two-shot lead into a runaway Sunday at Kapalua with a show of power that included one of the best shots he never saw. He hit driver on the 433-yard 12th hole that went 432 yards and 6 inches, the signature moment in a final round devoid of drama.

He closed with an 8-under 65 – the best score of the tournament – for an eight-shot victory. In a winners-only field that featured the top five players in the world, Johnson made a strong opening statement that a No. 1 ranking he has held for nearly a year won’t be easy to take away.

“If I can play like that every week, I’m going to win a lot of times,” he said.

He finished at 24-under 268. The eight-shot margin of victory was his largest ever, and it was one short of the tournament record set by David Duval since this event moved to Kapalua in 1999. Jordan Spieth also won by eight shots in 2016.

“I knew I was playing well, and it’s a golf course I’m really comfortable on,” Johnson said. “I was really driving it well this week. I knew as long as I could keep doing that, I was going to do well.”

Jon Rahm made his Kapalua debut by closing with a 69 to finish second. The 23-year-old from Spain moved to No. 3 in the world.

The way Johnson was playing, everyone was playing for second.

“It’s no easy task to catch DJ,” said Rahm, who lost to Johnson in the final of Match Play a year ago.

Johnson won for the 17th time on the PGA Tour, and the fifth time dating to the Genesis Open at Riviera last February. He has 11 straight seasons winning at least one tournament, the longest current streak on the PGA Tour.

This one wasn’t even close, just the way he wanted it.

Johnson lost a six-shot lead in the final round of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai last fall, his most recent PGA Tour start. Johnson has a short memory, and he never thought about China until it was mentioned to him on Saturday.

That proved to be only more fuel for him.

“I came out today with a lot of focus and I knew I wanted to play really well and not even … I didn’t want it to have to come down to the last couple holes,” he said. “More for myself and confidence, after what happened in Shanghai, I wanted to prove to myself that I still … that ain’t going to happen again.”

Instead, he produced a round that was entertaining even though the tournament was never in doubt.

He had a two-shot lead over Brian Harman, who struggled mightily with his speed on the greens and fell back quickly. Johnson effectively ended the tournament when he made three birdies on the opening six holes, saved par from a front bunker to a back pin on the par-3 eighth, and then birdied the par-5 ninth for a six-shot lead.

One shot defined the tournament – his tee shot on the 12th hole.

Johnson, who on Saturday holed a 70-yard chip down the hill for eagle, ripped his drive, picked up his tee and walked away. It’s a blind shot over the hill, with a strong wind at his back, so he never saw the ball race down the hill, onto the green and head straight to the cup until stopping 6 inches away.

“I could see it until it landed, but I knew it was on a good line,” he said. “I know exactly where I want it to come down out of the air, and it did. So I knew it was going to be pretty good. I just didn’t think I was going to have a tap-in.”

He heard cheering from the green. Then he got the word from Jim “Bones” Mackay, a course reporter for Golf Channel, that it was stiff. Johnson told him that he caught it a little thin. He was joking.

That stretched his lead to seven shots, and the rout was on.

Johnson joined Stuart Appleby (three times) and Geoff Ogilvy (twice) as the only multiple winners at Kapalua. He also won in 2013 when it was shortened to 54 holes because of wind so strong the start of the tournament was delayed for three days.

Harman closed with a 72 to finish third, while Hideki Matsuyama (66), Pat Perez (69) and Rickie Fowler (70) were another shot behind.

Johnson went 66-65 on the weekend.

He now takes a week off before going to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship against another strong field, this one on the European Tour, before returning to face more of the world’s best at Pebble Beach.

“I got off to a great start, and I want to keep it going,” Johnson said. “Everything is going in the right direction.”

 

Davis hits 50-footer to lift Stanford past Trojans, 77-76

Deajon Davis acted like it was no big deal. That’s because he was unaware of what he had just achieved.

Davis hit a desperation 50-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer and Stanford shocked USC 77-76 on Sunday night.

“I knew we were down by two but I didn’t realize we had won the game,” Davis said. “To be honest I didn’t know what was happening until I saw my teammates coming at me.”

Jordan McLaughlin, who scored 16 points and recorded seven assists, had given the Trojans a 76-74 edge with 1.7 seconds left on an acrobatic shot under the basket. Davis took the inbound pass, dribbled twice and let it fly, hitting nothing but net as time expired.

“I saw the tough shot he made and all I was thinking was how much time we had,” Davis said. “I saw 1.7 and realized I was on the left side, which is easier for me. I know my shot bends from that side and I knew it had a chance.”

Davis also had six assists but five turnovers and said that was unacceptable. “I know the shot doesn’t really make up for the turnovers,” he said.

That’s when Reid Travis leaned over and patted him on the back. “He didn’t have to do anything else and that shot made him the MVP of the game,” Travis said.

Travis scored 18 of his career-high 29 points in the second half for the Cardinal, who were coming off a double-overtime victory over UCLA. Michael Humphrey added 15 points.

“We locked in on defense,” Travis said. “They were getting their 3s and we wanted to take them away. They were also getting a lot of offensive rebounds on us.”

Kezie Okpala, who finished with 11, tied the game at 72 with a jumper and Davis hit a driving jumper to put Stanford (8-8, 2-1 Pac-12) up 74-72 with 1:43 left to play.

Chimezie Metu, who scored 20 points, tied the game 20 seconds later with a short jumper at the basket.

Earlier, Metu got a dunk to open the second half and give the Trojans a 13-point edge. The Cardinal rallied to within 51-49 with 16:39 remaining to play.

USC (11-6, 2-2) rebuilt its advantage to 15 points six minutes later. The Cardinal weren’t going anywhere though.

“Never lost like that before,” Trojans coach Andy Enfield said. “We made one with 1.7 left and they made one with no time left and it was just an unbelievable shot. Tough way to lose a basketball game. We got a crucial stop defensively, Jordan made a nice move to the basket, scored, only 1.7 seconds left, so you figure you have a pretty good chance of winning at that point but it happened so fast and the kid made a heck of a shot.”

Stanford took a nine-point lead in the first five minutes but the Trojans quickly turned that around and opened a 47-36 halftime advantage.