In an otherwise disappointing first season under Andy Enfield's watch, USC (11-21, 2-16) notched its first non-conference road victory since 2011 when they went into University of Dayton Arena and beat the Flyers 79-76.
The final score may have just been a tease for what escalated into a five-game stretch to open Pac-12 play capped with loses of 20 or more points, but winning in Dayton against a strong A-10 squad was impressive nonetheless.
USC overcame a first half deficit for just their third come-from-behind victory this year, and were led by the scoring efforts from junior playmaker Byron Wesley (26 Pts) who played 41 minutes off the bench. The Trojans only committed 13 turnovers in the game and saw three players score in double figures against the once 9-2 Dayton Flyers.
But after forcing overtime and then making a crucial stop on defense to hold the basketball with four seconds left, check out the final moments when Senior PG Pe'Shon Howard stole the show from behind the arc.
SPEAKING OF FIRST FOUR
While teams like Cal Poly, Texas Southern and NC State battle in the now traditional (but granted somewhat unconventional) first four prospect, the Trojans pioneered this new system way back in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
USC entered the first-ever First Four event following a 19-14 season that featured impressive wins over No. 10 Arizona, No. 19 Texas, No. 19 Tennessee and a heart-breaking loss to Kansas (32-2: Lost to VCU in Elite 8) at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Trojans faced a team many experts did not deserve a bid to the NCAA Tournament after faltering in its conference tournament, but Shaka Smart's squad came in to Dayton with free spirits and plenty of rising confidence. Remember, this team was not an offensive juggernaut by any means, and they battled with VCU to a 22-22 halftime score.
Jio Fontan (14 Pts) and current Orlando Magic standout Nikola Vucevic (11 Pts, 14 Reb) led the way for USC but their offensive ineptitude, capped by a second-half nine minute drought and 15 turnover performance, capped the 59-46 loss to the eventual First Four to Final Four squad that made the NCAA seem rather wise about adding the first-four site.
While you watch 11-and-16 seeds battle it out in the NCAA First Four, make sure to remember that USC played a key role in not only what you see tonight on your screen but also pulled off their own December Madness on the host arena.