Byron Wesley wants you to know his name.
If you watched the USC Trojans’ Friday night match up with Northern Arizona you’d be unlikely to forget him.
The Trojans came away with a hard fought 67-63 victory over the upset minded Lumberjacks at the Galen Center.
Wesley ran the show. He topped the scorers sheet with 31 points, a career high, on 11-16 shooting, added nine rebounds, which led both teams, and was the Trojans primary option all night. In fact, he accounted for nearly half of USC’s points.
On the other side, guards Quinton Upshur and Aaseem Dixon gave Northern Arizona a chance in a game they were expected to lose handily. Dixon hit six three pointers and lead the Lumberjacks with 20 points. Upshur added 18 points.
The Trojans closed down the Lumberjack 10-point halftime lead with a steady stream of scoring to start the period. They outscored Northern Arizona 14-4 to finally tie the game at 44.
Taking their first lead since early in the first half, the Trojans began to pull away themselves building a lead of as much as seven.
Upshur and Dixon, however, didn’t let the game fall away completely. With a three-pointer from each, the Lumberjacks pulled themselves back into contention.
With the game tied at 63 going into the final minute, USC got a big lay up from Omar Oraby and then iced the game with free throws despite a terrible average from the charity stripe.