LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bryon Wesley scored a career-high 31 points and Omar Oraby made the go-ahead layup with 54 seconds left, giving Southern California a 67-63 victory over Northern Arizona on Friday night.
The Trojans (2-1) rallied from 12-point deficits in both halves to win their second straight home game under new coach Andy Enfield.READ MORE: Costco And Other Big Box Retailers Limiting Number Of Some Items Customers Can Purchase
Wesley scored 16 of his points in the first half. He finished 8 of 12 from the free-throw line and had nine rebounds. Freshman Nikola Jovanovic added nine points and six rebounds, and 7-foot-2 Oraby had eight points and seven rebounds.
Aaseem Dixon scored a career-high 20 points, including six 3-pointers, and fellow junior college transfer Quinton Upshur added a career-best 18 points for NAU (1-2).
The Lumberjacks were 9 of 28 from 3-point range, hitting just two in the second half. Max Jacobsen, the lone senior on the team, added 14 points and eight rebounds. Dixon and Upshur both missed two 3-pointers apiece in the final 2 minutes when NAU led by two points.
NAU led by 12 early in the second half before its shooting went cold and the Lumberjacks got outscored 14-4. Four different players scored for the Trojans, who tied the game at 44-all on a 3-pointer by Wesley — USC’s first trey after missing 11 attempts.
The Trojans took their first lead since midway through the first half, 48-46, on a layup by Jovanovic after J.T. Terrell’s missed dunk. Moments later, Julian Jacobs had their lone dunk of the game.READ MORE: Friday Last Day For LAUSD Employees To Get First COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Before Oct. 15 Deadline
NAU twice cut its deficit to one on a basket by Jacobsen and a 3-pointer by Dixon. The Lumberjacks took a 61-60 lead on two free throws by Jacobsen.
After Wesley made 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game at 61-all, Dixon missed a 3-pointer in the left corner but Kris Yanku grabbed the offensive rebound and fed Jacobsen, who put the Lumberjacks ahead 63-61.
Wesley got fouled and made both, tying it again at 63-all with 1:40 to play.
From there, USC scored the game’s final four points to close it out.
It was a back-and-forth game until the Lumberjacks closed the first half on a 23-13 run that gave them a 40-30 lead at the break. Dixon hit three of his five 3-pointers in the spurt and Upshur added eight points. The Lumberjacks scored eight in a row to take a 12-point lead just before the half.
Wesley scored 11 of USC’s 13 points. The Trojans missed all eight of their 3-pointers in the half, when NAU hit seven.MORE NEWS: 8 Stained Glass Windows Of St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church In Lake Balboa Found Shattered By Masked Vandal
The Lumberjacks will remain in Los Angeles to play at Loyola Marymount on Sunday.