Bronny James live score, stats, highlights from NCAA basketball debut in USC vs. Long Beach State

LOS ANGELES — The time has come for Bronny James to make his college basketball debut.

LeBron’s eldest son is ready to return to the court after suffering cardiac arrest during a workout over the summer. James missed the first eight games of USC’s season but the star guard has made a full recovery and is ready to rejoin his teammates for the first time on Sunday.

James will look to provide a spark off the bench as he is eased back into head coach Andy Enfield’s rotation. The Trojans will get a boost from his hard-nosed perimeter defense, sharp shooting and savvy playmaking as they look to bounce back from a slow 5-3 start to the season.

James will get his first taste of NCAA action against in-state opponent Long Beach State, gearing up before USC hits the Pac-12 portion of its schedule after Christmas break.

MORE: Evaluating Bronny James’ 2024 NBA Draft stock ahead of USC debut

The Sporting News is in the building at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, here to provide you with live updates, highlights and more from all the action.

USC vs. Long Beach State live score

  1H 2H Final
USC 45    
Long Beach State 30    

Bronny James stats

In 6 minutes: 3 points, 1-2 FG, 1-2 3FG, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 1 block

Bronny James live updates, highlights from USC vs. Long Beach State

(All times Eastern)

Second half

5:37 p.m.: Bronny James for 3… GOOD! And James has his first career college bucket on a 3-pointer in transition.

5:34 p.m.: And Bronny James immediately dishes out an assist in transition to Joshua Morgan after breaking Long Beach State’s full-court press.

5:33 p.m.: Bronny James checks in out of the timeout with 14:19 on the clock for his first action of the second half.

5:31 p.m.: Long Beach State is sticking around. USC leads 51-45 with 14:19 to play in the second half. Head coach Andy Enfield takes a timeout to stop the run. Bronny James still has not checked in for the second half yet.

5:24 p.m.: Bronny James has yet to check in for the second half as we enter the under-16 timeout. USC remains in the lead 47-38.

5:14 p.m.: Isaiah Collier is back on the floor to start the second half after heading to the locker room with an apparent leg injury at the end of the first half.

Halftime: USC 45, Long Beach State 30

4:57 p.m.: The first half comes to a close with USC comfortably in front of Long Beach State by 15 points. Bronny James only played two short stints (six minutes) and missed his lone shot attempt, but he made an impact with a highlight-reel block and a nice assist.

Isaiah Collier and Vincent Iwuchukwu lead the way for the Trojans with 10 points apiece. More to come on Collier’s apparent injury in the second half.

4:53 p.m.: Isaiah Collier bulldozed his way to another layup but the potential No. 1 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft was slow to get up. He eventually walked off the court without any assistance but he is headed back to the locker room a minute early.

4:46 p.m.: And Bronny James checks back out after another quick stint with under four minutes to play in the half. USC leads 37-24.

4:45 p.m.: On the very next possession, Bronny James was patient on a dribble drive and threaded the needle on a bounce pass to his big man Vincent Iwuchukwu for an assist. He’s starting to get comfortable out there.

4:42 p.m.: Bronny James with a monster chasedown block after hustling back in transition! The USC crowd exploded for the star freshman’s first highlight reel play of the game.

4:37 p.m.: Bronny James has checked back into the game with under six minutes remaining in the half.

4:31 p.m.: Isaiah Collier, the potential No. 1 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, is terrorizing Long Beach State in transition. He’s up to six points to give USC a 29-16 lead with 7:46 to play in the half.

4:27 p.m.: It was a quick stint for Bronny James, who checks out with 9:27 to play in the first half. He tallied one rebound but missed his lone 3-point attempt. The Galen Center crowd is roaring every single time he touches the ball, even guarding on defense or grabbing rebounds. USC leads 27-16.

4:21 p.m.: Bronny James has checked into the game and he immediately disrupts Long Beach State’s Varick Lewis, nearly causing a turnover. USC forced a shot clock violation on his first defensive possession.

4:14 p.m.: USC leads 14-7 at the under-16 media timeout. Senior guard Boogie Ellis buried a smooth stepback 3 to extend the Trojans’ lead. Bronny James, who is coming off the bench in his debut, has yet to check in with 15:41 to play in the first half.

4:06 p.m.: And we’re underway. USC wins the tip and Vincent Iwuchukwu throws down an alley-oop from Kobe Johnson to get things going.

Pregame

4:03 p.m.: The USC student section erupts as LeBron James walks in with his daughter, Zhuri, just before the national anthem. The King is in the building.

3:44 p.m.: Bronny James looks ready to go. Throwing down an alley-oop with ease during warmups.

2:46 p.m.: Bronny James is on the court warming up for his college debut. 

12 p.m.: Bronny is officially available for today’s game.

What channel is USC vs. Long Beach St. on today?

  • TV channel: Pac-12 Network
  • Live stream: Sling TV

USC vs. Long Beach St. will air on Pac-12 Network. Viewers can also stream the game on Sling TV.

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USC vs. Long Beach St. start time

  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 10
  • Time: 4 p.m. ET | 1 p.m. PT

USC vs. Long Beach St. will tip off around 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 10. The game will be played at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

USC basketball schedule 2023-24

Here are the Trojans’ next five games of the 2023-24 season:

Date Opponent Time (ET) TV channel
Dec. 10 vs. Long Beach St. 4 p.m. Pac-12 Network
Dec. 17 at Auburn 1 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 19 at Alabama State 7 p.m.
Dec. 28 at Oregon 9 p.m. ESPN2
Dec. 30 at Oregon State 10 p.m.

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