Byron Wesley leads the Trojans with 21 points but they fall to 10-15 overall and 1-11 in Pac-12 play.
Freshmen at the Point
Chass Bryan and Kahlil Dukes got the start at the guard positions tonight after it was announced before the game that senior Pe'Shon Howard was suspended due to a violation of team rules. The Trojans lacked command at the point guard position as they had a season-low six assists tonight, obviously impacted by the loss of Howard who is averaging 4.3 assists per game, and turned the ball over 17 times. "Pe'Shon's our starting point guard so anytime you're missing that it's hard," said head coach Andy Enfield. "We did have guys play some really good minutes. I thought it was a good effort and they played really hard."
Byron Wesley continues to be rock solid on offense for the Trojans. The junior forward has had double figures in seven-straight games and 20 or more points in three straight. "Byron's really on his game," said Enfield. "However, he still has several things he needs to do for us. I'd love to see him average four or five assists. He's so great at driving the ball and he could see the floor better but he's such a valuable scorer and rebounder for us. He deserves the credit."
Emptying the bench
In a search for answers, Enfield looked deep into his bench providing a rare opportunity for walk-ons Chass Bryan, Daniel Munoz and Devon Pflueger. Bryan finished with 8 points which is just two points shy of his career-high. Munoz and Pflueger came in at the end of the game with Pflueger subbing in and immediately driving and hitting a short jumper to score his first points as a Trojan. "He works so hard in practice," said sophomore Chass Bryan on Pflueger. "Just to see him hit that shot, it was big for us." After tonight's starting lineup featuring Strahinja Gavrilovic, Byron Wesley, D.J. Haley, Chass Bryan and Kahlil Dukes, every single scholarship player has now started at least one game for the Trojans.