Mobley scores 5, Tryon scores 3 in USC win over Portland


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fouls were the only thing that stopped Onyeka Okongwu. Portland’s defense couldn’t do it.
He had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help Southern California pull away to a 76-65 victory over Portland on Friday night.
Two local high school alumni featured in the game with former Rancho Christian School star Isiah Mobley scoring 5 points and grabbing 7 rebounds and former Great Oak High School star Jacob Tryon scoring 3 points, also grabbing 7 rebounds in 30 minutes of play, which led the Pilots.
Okongwu had 20 points, 13 rebounds and a school-record-tying eight blocks in a season-opening win over Florida A&M, becoming the first freshman to post a double-double in his debut since Taj Gibson in 2006.
He only played six minutes in the first half and scored six points after getting two fouls.
After picking up his third foul early in the second half, Okongwu was dynamic down the stretch for the Trojans (2-0), who found themselves in a 48-all tie. They never gave up the lead, but the Pilots (1-1) stayed within two until Okongwu took over.
“He’s what we call TC — a tough cover,” Pilots coach Terry Porter said. “His size, his motor, his athleticism. He’s so quick to the ball. He just never quits.”
Okongwu scored six points in a 9-0 spurt that extended USC’s lead to 63-52. His best move was a dunk after teammate Quinton Adlesh got blocked, USC controlled the rebound and got the ball to Okongwu to finish with a flourish.
In all, Okongwu scored 12 of USC’s final 19 points. He helped the Trojans dominate the boards, 42-27.
“Sometimes he didn’t even get it,” Porter said. “He kept it alive and one of the other guys got it.”
Okongwu was one of four USC starters in double figures. Freshman Ethan Anderson had 10 assists.
Grad transfer Isaiah White led the Pilots with 22 points, making six of their 13 3-pointers.
White hit consecutive 3-pointers to open the second half. Malcolm Porter’s left-handed drive across the lane tied the game 48-all, but the Pilots’ shooting cooled off over the final minutes.
“They’re deep, they’re big and they’re athletic,” White said. “The name of the game was rebounding, and we weren’t able to keep them off.”