NCAAB Game Recap - USC at Nevada
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:00 PM EST

Oakl
50
MD
80
F
Colum
42
UVA
60
F
Ohio
54
Vill
78
F
Alc
56
Mem
102
F
Wash
62
Tenn
75
F
Nich
65
LSU
75
F
USD
53
Colora
71
F
StFNY
64
NCSU
95
F
AlaAM
63
MiaO
79
F
(N/A)
48
UMBC
60
F
N CO
72
NrthIA
77
F(OT)
Morg
68
GrgWas
64
F
Corn
54
DeP
75
F
OlDom
76
NE
69
F
CenCT
43
UMass
89
F
Campbl
87
Citad
73
F
Dart
37
Jacksn
57
F
Leh
53
VaTec
79
F
SIU-E
57
InWor
55
F
NWSt
52
Tul
79
F
StJos
68
LoyIL
85
F
Merrim
69
NJIT
88
F
RobM
56
Toled
70
F
ChiSt
49
Purd
93
F
StPet
47
Prov
68
F
Quin
52
Mia-FL
80
F
Temp
70
LaSal
65
F
(N/A)
79
Hartfo
86
F
SamH
77
CenMI
84
F
Belm
100
BC
85
F
Buff
88
Harv
76
F
TN-M
62
WichSt
103
F
WSt
55
Denv
72
F
APSU
65
Tuls
72
F
TNTec
47
App
69
F
(N/A)
59
Winth
103
F
(N/A)
60
UMassL
58
F
(N/A)
48
NIU
96
F
E MI
56
N TX
51
F
SacHr
72
Bingha
76
F
Vermt
70
StJon
68
F
(N/A)
79
FlAtl
84
F
Lib
77
ECU
57
F
UNH
70
Boston
84
F
Rice
82
UCSB
81
F
Stony
69
TexPA
58
F
Mont
49
Ark
70
F
Del
81
Lafy
73
F
MD-ES
53
MorSt
76
F
Brev
49
UNCA
79
F
MTSt
67
UNCG
66
F
McNee
80
NM
90
F
LaTec
72
Crei
82
F
Drex
67
SFA
82
F
JackSt
63
SMU
80
F
Amer
76
StFPA
79
F
Buck
81
Canis
83
F
Stetsn
55
IPFW
79
F
Kent
72
WriSt
71
F
Seatt
67
Syr
89
F
Albany
51
Manh
57
F
JMU
70
GMas
83
F
Maris
41
Ford
58
F
ChaSo
61
Dayt
90
F
UNCW
49
David
87
F
Samf
55
N AL
61
F
NDSt
57
TXAMC
45
F
StBon
80
Rut
74
F
Woff
61
Butl
80
F
IL-C
56
Brad
65
F
ArkPB
54
GrCan
67
F
USF
76
SIU
60
F
Troy
62
Ind
100
F
(N/A)
48
Murr
114
F
OrSt
83
Wyo
63
F
Pepp
73
AbCh
69
F
SCla
64
Stan
82
F
Maine
62
Portl
71
F
ColSt
74
LoyMa
64
F
(N/A)
62
CS-Ful
82
F
USC
76
Nev
66
F

USC 76, Nevada 66

Nov 16, 2019, 11:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

USC (4-0)

40

36

76

Nevada (2-2)

35

31

66

Rakocevic scores 24, grabs 11 boards; USC beats Nevada 76-66
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:09 AM

RENO, Nev. (AP) Southern California passed its most challenging test so far this season with a 76-66 win over Nevada on Saturday night.

Nick Rakocevic scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Daniel Utomi added 12 points and Elijah Weaver scored 11 for USC.

After Nevada took a 21-18 lead with 8:33 left in the first half, USC went on a 13-0 run over the next five minutes and never trailed again.

USC's size advantage proved too much for the Wolf Pack and its senior-laden backcourt. The Trojans (4-0) outrebounded Nevada 42-37 and outscored the Wolf Pack 42-10 in the paint.

"We thought our interior players were a little more experienced and a little better players overall," USC head coach Andy Enfield said. "We thought we really needed to dominate the paint and we did. Give our three bigs credit. They all played very good basketball."

Rakocevic, a 6-foot-11 senior, made 10 of 15 from the field. Onyeka Okongwu grabbed 11 rebounds and Ethan Anderson had eight assists.

"I think I could have played better," Rakocevic said. "I had some close shots I should've hit, missed some free throws, but overall I think we all played very aggressive."

Nevada (2-2) hit 11 of 36 (30.6%) from 3-point range and shot 32.8% (20 of 61) overall.

"I thought we took bad shots," Nevada head coach Steve Alford said. "Of our four games, we took more bad shots this game (than any other game). That led to transition points (for USC). Transition hurt us because of bad shots. We know our offense is something that is just in the making and has to continue to get better. So, I can live with that now, but it's hurting our defense as well."

USC committed only eight turnovers and forced 11.

"I think we came out here and used our size advantage and played super aggressive," Rakocevic said. "We played good defense and didn't turn the ball over."

Nevada guard Jazz Johnson scored 26 points, one shy of his career high, on 8-of-18 shooting, including 6 of 14 from beyond the arc. Lindsey Drew added 12 points.

The game saw four lead changes in the first half and USC took a 40-35 lead into the break.

"It was our first road game and we wanted to come out with a lot of energy, aggressive and be tough," said Onyeka Okongwu, who played in his first collegiate road game Saturday. "I love playing on the road because I love the atmosphere and the hostility."

BIG PICTURE

USC: The Trojans stayed undefeated in their biggest test of the season so far, winning in front of 9,833 fans in Reno with three freshmen playing their first collegiate road games. "I was telling (the freshmen) make sure you guys stay composed. .We just have to stay focused because it's their first road game," Rakocevic said. "I remember when I was a freshman. Overall, I think they played great."

NEVADA: The Wolf Pack lost their second of four home games this season. Nevada was undefeated at home (15-0) last season.

RAINING THREES

Nevada's 11 of 36 from three didn't discourage head coach Steve Alford after the game. "I'll take 11-for-36 every game," said the former UCLA head coach, who moved to 11-5 all-time against USC. "We want to shoot 3s and we made 11.the difference was the paint. They got tipins, they got layups, that was the difference."

SINGY DEFENSE IN SECOND HALF

USC held Nevada to 23% shooting and 3 of 16 from beyond the arc in the second half. "That's really good defense on our part," Enfield said. "I'm really proud of our young men. Our freshmen are getting the hang of it and our upper class really carried us down the stretch."

UP NEXT

USC: Returns to Galen Center for a two-game home stand against Pepperdine on Tuesday and Temple on Friday.

NEVADA: After playing its first four games at home, the Wolf Pack hits the road: at Davidson on Tuesday followed by three games in the Paradise Jam tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Leaders

USC PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
Q. Adlesh 0 0 1 2 0 0
N. Rakocevic 24 0 1 11 2 1
Nevada PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Milling 0 0 1 0 0 0
J. Johnson 26 0 1 4 1 0

Team Comparison

USC Nev
Points For 76 66
Field Goals 29/65-45% 20/61-33%
Three Pointers 5/18-28% 11/36-31%
Free Throws 13/20-65% 15/17-88%
Offensive Rebounds 11 9
Defensive Rebounds 31 28
Rebounds 45 41
Blocks 2 2
Steals 2 4
Turnovers 8 11
Personal Fouls 18 19
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - USC Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 16 USC 76 @ Nev 66 O. Okongwu 6 R. Robinson 2

Game Information

Stadium: Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada
Attendance: 9,833
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