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After the Flyers surged in the second half, the USC Trojans held on at home to defeat Dayton in overtime by a score of 63-61.
The USC Trojans hosted the Dayton Flyers on Sunday evening in Galen Center. The Trojans came into the game with a 4-8 record, while the Flyers were 9-3. The Trojans held a 27-20 lead at halftime, but the Flyers surged in the second half, outscoring the Trojans 33-26 in the second half to tie the game at 53 when the final buzzer went off, sending the two teams to overtime. Despite the momentum being on Dayton's side, the Trojans were able to hold on, outscoring the Flyers 10-8 in overtime to come away with a 63-61 win at home.
The Flyers were led by senior guard Kevin Dillard, who scored 13 points, while forwards Devin Oliver and Josh Benson each added 11. Vee Stanford added nine and Jalen Robinson and Alex Gavrilovic came off the bench to chip in four apiece. The Trojans were led by senior forward Eric Wise's 19 points. Aaron Fuller added 12, Dewayne Dedmon chipped in 10 and Omar Oraby came off the bench to add nine.
The Trojans will have a short break before they begin Pac-12 play on Thursday, Jan 3, at home against Stanford, when they'll try to win two games in a row for the first time since the first two games of the season. That game will be played at 7 p.m. PST. Meanwhile, the Flyers will try to bounce back on Saturday at home against UAB.