LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shaqquan Aaron scored 20 points, Nick Rakocevic had 18 points and 16 rebounds and USC opened its season with an 83-62 over Robert Morris on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.
The Trojans led 37-35 at halftime but were trailing by four with 12:19 remaining before going on an 18-4 run to seize control. Aaron scored 11 points during the run, including a pair of dunks, and Nick Rakocevic four as USC was 6 of 7 from the field.
Jordan Mathews added 15 points for the Trojans, who return seven of their 10 leading scorers from last season.
Josh Williams led Robert Morris with 20 points and Koby Thomas added 16.
Robert Morris: The Colonials made a game of it for the first 30 minutes but were unable to keep up as they shot just 34.3 percent from the field (24 of 70). They were 10 of 37 in the second half.
USC: The Trojans have won nine of their last 10 home openers but it took them awhile before they were able to take control of the game. They had 11 turnovers in the first half but just four in the final 20 minutes.
Kevin Porter Jr., who is USC's first five-star recruit since DeMar DeRozan, had 15 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes. Porter was 6 of 7 from the field and made both of his 3-point attempts.
USC senior Bennie Boatwright did not play as he continues to work his way back from offseason knee surgery. The 6-foot-10 forward is the Trojans leading returning scorer (13.6 points per game) and rebounder (6.4).
Robert Morris travels to Missouri State on Friday.
USC hosts Vanderbilt on Sunday as part of the Pac-12/SEC Showdown.
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