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Okongwu's double-double leads USC over Florida A&M 77-48

LOS ANGELES (AP) Tired of doing nothing but practicing the last couple months, Onyeka Okongwu was eager to start the season.

The freshman made quite a debut.

Okongwu had 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocked shots, leading Southern California to a 77-48 victory over Florida A&M in the teams' season opener on Tuesday night.

''It felt really good,'' he said. ''The biggest adjustment was getting used to the physicality.''

Okongwu is part of one of the nation's top recruiting classes that includes Isaiah Mobley, who had 17 points and seven rebounds. Okongwu, from nearby Chino Hills High which produced Lonzo Ball, tied a school record with his blocks. As a team, the Trojans had 11 blocks.

''He has great timing. He was obviously quick off his feet,'' coach Andy Enfield said. ''Anytime you have rim protection it helps your defense. He's relentless. When that shot goes up, he's going to be somewhere and it's usually toward the basketball.''

Enfield took Okongwu out of the game with seven minutes remaining.

''If he wants to break the school record, do it the next game,'' a smiling Enfield said.

Okongwu and Mobley were teammates on Compton Magic, a top AAU travel team.

''The chemistry is there,'' Mobley said. ''Our games complement each other well.''

Both teams struggled out of the gate, shooting just over 30% and combining to go 3 of 13 at the free throw line in the first half when the Trojans led 24-23.

Okongwu was a focus of the Rattlers' preparation.

''We anticipated the intensity that he plays with, the way he rebounds the basketball, the way he can test and block shots,'' A&M coach Robert McCollum said. ''Unfortunately, we didn't do a good job of listening to the importance of shot-faking before you put up shots. As a result, he had an outstanding college debut.''

USC pulled away in the second half, opening with a 25-10 run propelled by Okongwu and Mobley who, along with Ethan Anderson, gave the Trojans three freshmen in the starting lineup. Senior Nick Rakocevic fouled out with four points and three rebounds.

''We knew we didn't see the best in the first half,'' McCullum said. ''We talked about it at halftime. They'll come out with more intensity the second half. They did, and we didn't respond.''

DJ Jones was the only A&M player in double figures with 12 points. The Rattlers shot 32% from the field, finished 7 of 15 at the free-throw line and made one 3-pointer.

''It's the first game and we have a lot of growth to do,'' said MJ Randolph, who led the Rattlers with nine rebounds. ''We should have come out harder and played harder and we didn't do that.''

BIG PICTURE

Florida A&M: The Rattlers were 12-19 last season. They face a tough nonconference schedule, with upcoming road games against Seton Hall, Tennessee, Washington State and Iowa State before starting MEAC play. They're picked to finish ninth in the league after going 9-7 last season for their first winning record since 2006-07.

USC: The Trojans have 10 newcomers to mix with Rakocevic, Jonah Mathews, Elijah Weaver and Chuck O'Bannon. They beat No. 10 Villanova in an exhibition game last month with a roster that boasts versatility and an ability to guard multiple positions.

ON THE BENCH

Mathews didn't start because he was late for a few classes, Enfield said. He finished with nine points in 24 minutes.

FOOTBALL FIRST

Drake London watched the game from the bench. He's at USC on a football scholarship and will join the basketball team when the gridiron season ends. ''He was a great cheerleader and looked good in his sweat suit,'' Enfield said.

UP NEXT

Florida A&M: The Rattlers head to Honolulu to play Hawaii on Friday in the first of three games at the Rainbow Classic.

USC: Hosts Portland on Friday in the second of three straight home games to open the season.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Southern California  
19:46   Elijah Weaver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:44   Defensive rebound by Rod Melton Jr.  
19:13   DJ Jones missed jump shot  
19:11   Defensive rebound by Onyeka Okongwu  
19:01   Nick Rakocevic missed jump shot  
18:59   Defensive rebound by Rod Melton Jr.  
18:49   Rod Melton Jr. missed jump shot  
18:47   Defensive rebound by Onyeka Okongwu  
18:19   Elijah Weaver missed jump shot  
18:17   Defensive rebound by MJ Randolph  
18:12 +3 Kamron Reaves made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by MJ Randolph 3-0
17:56 +2 Elijah Weaver made layup, assist by Isaiah Mobley 3-2
17:30   Evins Desir missed layup, blocked by Onyeka Okongwu  
17:28   Offensive rebound by Evins Desir  
17:22   Evins Desir missed layup, blocked by Onyeka Okongwu  
17:20   Defensive rebound by Nick Rakocevic  
17:20   Shooting foul on Evins Desir  
17:20   Elijah Weaver missed 1st of 2 free throws  
17:20   Elijah Weaver missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
17:20   Defensive rebound by MJ Randolph  
17:09   Turnover on Florida A&M  
16:58   Isaiah Mobley missed jump shot  
16:56   Offensive rebound by Onyeka Okongwu  
16:54   Ethan Anderson missed layup, blocked by DJ Jones  
16:52   Offensive rebound by Southern California  
16:54   Elijah Weaver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:52   Defensive rebound by DJ Jones  
16:39   Kamron Reaves missed layup, blocked by Onyeka Okongwu  
16:37   Offensive rebound by MJ Randolph  
16:23   MJ Randolph missed layup, blocked by Onyeka Okongwu  
16:21   Defensive rebound by Elijah Weaver  
16:14   Ethan Anderson missed jump shot  
16:12   Offensive rebound by Onyeka Okongwu  
16:05 +2 Onyeka Okongwu made dunk 3-4
15:37   Offensive foul on DJ Jones  
15:37   Turnover on DJ Jones  
15:22   Daniel Utomi missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:20   Defensive rebound by MJ Randolph  
15:01   Shooting foul on Nick Rakocevic  
15:01   Nasir Core missed 1st of 2 free throws  
15:01 +1 Nasir Core made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-4
14:53 +2 Onyeka Okongwu made alley-oop shot, assist by Ethan Anderson 4-6
14:30   Lost ball turnover on Evins Desir, stolen by Nick Rakocevic  
14:18   Jumpball received by Florida A&M  
14:18   Lost ball turnover on Nick Rakocevic, stolen by Brendon Myles  
14:02 +2 Brendon Myles made jump shot 6-6
13:51   Nick Rakocevic missed layup  
13:49   Defensive rebound by Florida A&M  
13:50   Personal foul on Nick Rakocevic  
13:34   MJ Randolph missed layup, blocked by Onyeka Okongwu  
13:32   Defensive rebound by Onyeka Okongwu  
13:28   Shooting foul on Bryce Moragne  
13:28   Isaiah Mobley missed 1st of 2 free throws  
13:28   Isaiah Mobley missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:28   Defensive rebound by Evins Desir  
12:57 +2 Evins Desir made hook shot, assist by Brendon Myles 8-6
12:35   Offensive foul on Daniel Utomi  
12:35   Turnover on Daniel Utomi  
12:18   Evins Desir missed jump shot  
12:16   Defensive rebound by Elijah Weaver  
12:11   Jonah Mathews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:09   Offensive rebound by Onyeka Okongwu  
12:03   Elijah Weaver missed jump shot  
12:01   Defensive rebound by Bryce Moragne  
11:52 +2 Brendon Myles made floating jump shot 10-6
11:23 +2 Jonah Mathews made driving layup 10-8
11:23   Shooting foul on DJ Jones  
11:23 +1 Jonah Mathews made free throw 10-9
11:15   Lost ball turnover on Kamron Reaves, stolen by Quinton Adlesh  
11:13 +2 Quinton Adlesh made layup 10-11
10:59   Personal foul on Quinton Adlesh  
10:43   Kamron Reaves missed jump shot  
10:41   Defensive rebound by Daniel Utomi  
10:23   Lost ball turnover on Isaiah Mobley, stolen by Nasir Core  
9:58 +2 DJ Jones made hook shot 12-11
9:50 +2 Elijah Weaver made driving layup 12-13
9:50   Shooting foul on Nasir Core  
9:50   Elijah Weaver missed free throw  
9:50   Defensive rebound by MJ Randolph  
9:29   Lost ball turnover on Nasir Core, stolen by Isaiah Mobley  
9:21   Jonah Mathews missed jump shot  
9:19   Defensive rebound by DJ Jones  
8:59   Evins Desir missed jump shot  
8:57   Defensive rebound by Daniel Utomi  
8:52 +2 Elijah Weaver made driving layup 12-15
8:31   DJ Jones missed jump shot  
8:29   Offensive rebound by Bryce Moragne  
8:22 +2 DJ Jones made dunk, assist by Bryce Moragne 14-15
8:04   Daniel Utomi missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:02   Defensive rebound by Rod Melton Jr.  
7:50   Bryce Moragne missed jump shot  
7:48   Defensive rebound by Daniel Utomi  
7:31   Nick Rakocevic missed layup  
7:30   Offensive rebound by Southern California  
7:27   Personal foul on Rod Melton Jr.  
7:27   Personal foul on Bryce Moragne  
7:27   Onyeka Okongwu missed free throw  
7:27   Defensive rebound by MJ Randolph  
7:21   Shooting foul on Quinton Adlesh  
7:21   Rod Melton Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:21 +1 Rod Melton Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-15
7:04   Jonah Mathews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:02   Offensive rebound by Charles O'Bannon Jr.  
6:57   Bad pass turnover on Charles O'Bannon Jr., stolen by Rod Melton Jr.  
6:48   Personal foul on Charles O'Bannon Jr.  
6:43   Brendon Myles missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Onyeka Okongwu  
6:41   Offensive rebound by Florida A&M  
6:26 +2 Brendon Myles made jump shot, assist by Bryce Moragne 17-15
6:17   Nick Rakocevic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:15   Offensive rebound by Onyeka Okongwu  
6:10 +2 Onyeka Okongwu made dunk 17-17
6:02   Out of bounds turnover on Bryce Moragne  
5:57   Ethan Anderson missed jump shot  
5:55   Defensive rebound by Bryce Moragne  
5:49   Offensive foul on MJ Randolph  
5:49   Turnover on MJ Randolph  
5:33   Onyeka Okongwu missed jump shot  
5:31   Defensive rebound by Bryce Moragne  
5:21   Rod Melton Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:19   Defensive rebound by Nick Rakocevic  
5:14   Jonah Mathews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:12   Offensive rebound by Onyeka Okongwu  
5:01   Charles O'Bannon Jr. missed layup  
4:59   Offensive rebound by Nick Rakocevic  
4:47   Bad pass turnover on Charles O'Bannon Jr., stolen by MJ Randolph  
4:39   MJ Randolph missed layup  
4:37   Defensive rebound by Ethan Anderson  
4:28 +2 Jonah Mathews made layup, assist by Ethan Anderson 17-19
4:25   Bryce Moragne missed jump shot  
4:23   Offensive rebound by DJ Jones  
4:23 +2 DJ Jones made jump shot 19-19
4:10 +2 Onyeka Okongwu made hook shot, assist by Ethan Anderson 19-21
3:56   Rod Melton Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Nick Rakocevic  
3:54   Defensive rebound by Jonah Mathews  
3:36   Offensive foul on Nick Rakocevic  
3:36   Turnover on Nick Rakocevic  
3:12   Kamron Reaves missed jump shot  
3:10   Defensive rebound by Elijah Weaver  
2:57   Bad pass turnover on Ethan Anderson, stolen by DJ Jones  
2:34   Brendon Myles missed jump shot  
2:32   Defensive rebound by Onyeka Okongwu  
2:17   Lost ball turnover on Onyeka Okongwu, stolen by Rod Melton Jr.  
1:56 +2 Bryce Moragne made jump shot 21-21
1:42   Onyeka Okongwu missed layup  
1:40   Defensive rebound by Rod Melton Jr.  
1:33 +2 DJ Jones made hook shot, assist by Kamron Reaves 23-21
1:24 +3 Daniel Utomi made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ethan Anderson 23-24
52.0   Rod Melton Jr. missed layup  
50.0   Defensive rebound by Daniel Utomi  
43.0   Ethan Anderson missed layup  
41.0   Offensive rebound by Isaiah Mobley  
39.0   Isaiah Mobley missed dunk  
37.0   Defensive rebound by Rod Melton Jr.  
31.0   Rod Melton Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
29.0   Defensive rebound by Onyeka Okongwu  
29.0   Personal foul on Brendon Myles  
29.0   Daniel Utomi missed free throw  
29.0   Defensive rebound by Brendon Myles  
7.0   Bad pass turnover on Bryce Moragne, stolen by Ethan Anderson  
1.0   Shooting foul on Rod Melton Jr.  
1.0   Isaiah Mobley missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1.0   Turnover on Elijah Weaver  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:51   Onyeka Okongwu missed layup  
19:49   Offensive rebound by Onyeka Okongwu  
19:45 +2 Onyeka Okongwu made dunk 23-26
19:30   Out of bounds turnover on Kamron Reaves  
19:23 +2 Onyeka Okongwu made alley-oop shot, assist by Ethan Anderson 23-28
19:03   Kamron Reaves missed turnaround jump shot  
19:01   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Mobley  
18:53 +2 Ethan Anderson made reverse layup, assist by Elijah Weaver 23-30
18:35 +2 DJ Jones made layup, assist by MJ Randolph 25-30
18:27   Elijah Weaver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:25   Defensive rebound by Kamron Reaves  
18:14   Kamron Reaves missed layup  
18:12   Offensive rebound by Rod Melton Jr.  
18:08   Rod Melton Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:08   Offensive rebound by Florida A&M  
17:40   Lost ball turnover on Kamron Reaves, stolen by Ethan Anderson  
17:17   DJ Jones missed jump shot, blocked by Isaiah Mobley  
17:15   Defensive rebound by Elijah Weaver  
17:07 +2 Isaiah Mobley made layup, assist by Elijah Weaver 25-32
16:54   DJ Jones missed jump shot  
16:52   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Mobley  
16:46   Personal foul on MJ Randolph  
16:39 +2 Jonah Mathews made jump shot, assist by Ethan Anderson 25-34
16:21   MJ Randolph missed layup  
16:19   Offensive rebound by Evins Desir  
16:16 +2 Evins Desir made dunk 27-34
16:07 +2 Onyeka Okongwu made hook shot 27-36
15:54   Brendon Myles missed jump shot, blocked by Onyeka Okongwu  
15:52   Defensive rebound by Elijah Weaver  
15:44   Lost ball turnover on Ethan Anderson, stolen by Brendon Myles  
15:38 +2 Evins Desir made layup, assist by MJ Randolph 29-36
15:17   Shooting foul on Evins Desir  
15:17 +1 Isaiah Mobley made 1st of 2 free throws 29-37
15:17 +1 Isaiah Mobley made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-38
14:59   Evins Desir missed jump shot  
14:57   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Mobley  
14:54   Personal foul on DJ Jones  
14:50   Shooting foul on DJ Jones  
14:50 +1 Isaiah Mobley made 1st of 2 free throws 29-39
14:50   Isaiah Mobley missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
14:50   Defensive rebound by Evins Desir  
14:36   Personal foul on Onyeka Okongwu  
14:19   Lost ball turnover on Brendon Myles, stolen by Jonah Mathews  
14:13   Bad pass turnover on Jonah Mathews, stolen by MJ Randolph  
14:13   Personal foul on Jonah Mathews  
13:48 +2 Bryce Moragne made jump shot 31-39
13:29 +2 Nick Rakocevic made reverse layup, assist by Kyle Sturdivant 31-41
13:16   Bad pass turnover on MJ Randolph, stolen by Nick Rakocevic  
13:09   Offensive foul on Nick Rakocevic  
13:09   Turnover on Nick Rakocevic  
12:56   Nasir Core missed layup  
12:54   Defensive rebound by Kyle Sturdivant  
12:53   Personal foul on Nasir Core  
12:30   Quinton Adlesh missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Evins Desir  
12:28   Defensive rebound by Brendon Myles  
12:28   Shooting foul on Quinton Adlesh  
12:28   Evins Desir missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:28 +1 Evins Desir made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-41
12:24   Jonah Mathews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:22   Defensive rebound by MJ Randolph  
12:10   Brendon Myles missed jump shot  
12:08   Defensive rebound by Jonah Mathews  
12:04   Quinton Adlesh missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:02   Offensive rebound by Isaiah Mobley  
12:02 +2 Isaiah Mobley made layup 32-43
11:42   Shooting foul on Jonah Mathews  
11:30 +1 Nasir Core made 1st of 2 free throws 33-43
11:30   Nasir Core missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:30   Defensive rebound by Daniel Utomi  
11:18   Onyeka Okongwu missed layup  
11:16   Defensive rebound by MJ Randolph  
11:10   Lost ball turnover on MJ Randolph  
10:55 +2 Onyeka Okongwu made alley-oop shot, assist by Ethan Anderson 33-45
10:30   Lost ball turnover on Bryce Moragne, stolen by Quinton Adlesh  
10:24   Bad pass turnover on Quinton Adlesh  
10:04   Rod Melton Jr. missed jump shot  
10:02   Offensive rebound by Florida A&M  
10:02   Personal foul on Quinton Adlesh  
9:59   Kamron Reaves missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:57   Defensive rebound by Ethan Anderson  
9:47   Ethan Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:47   Offensive rebound by Onyeka Okongwu  
9:47   Personal foul on Nasir Core  
9:47 +1 Onyeka Okongwu made 1st of 2 free throws 33-46
9:47 +1 Onyeka Okongwu made 2nd of 2 free throws