Utomi finished with 15 points and made 5 of 7 3-point attempts, while Okongwu posted 15 points and 10 rebounds with two blocks.
Mobley and Rakocevic were named to the Malone and Abdul-Jabbar award lists this preseason, given to the top power forward and center in the country, respectively. Out of the gate, the Trojans struggled on the defensive glass, but were able to settle in. Villanova was unable to capitalize on open looks in the first half despite fantastic ball movement while USC struggled just to get open shots.
Utomi knocked down his first four 3-point attempts. Freshman guard and high-flier Ethan Anderson had a nice jab step leading to a powerful two-hand jam, a full court outlet pass to Rakocevic that led to a foul and played aggressively on both sides of the ball.
The Wildcats started the second half on a run, but the Trojan defense stepped up and was able to create opportunities on the other end. The first play after putting on a full-court press, Okongwu nabbed the inbound pass and zipped it to Rakocevic for a layup.
USC responded with a run of its own, highlighted by a Weaver and-one, and the ensuing free throw brought the deficit to just 1 again.
Okongwu showed why he was so highly-touted coming out of high school, dominating the offensive glass and denying a layup attempt by sophomore forward Saddiq Bey.
His five-star counterpart Mobley put up a quick 5 points after struggling from the field in the first half, later knocking down a 3-pointer to bring the lead to 9.
All game proceeds benefited the California Fire Foundation, which provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect.
It was also an opportunity for head coach Andy Enfield to see all of his new freshmen in action ahead of the season opener on Nov.