The Trojans weren’t the worst team on the court at Washington on Thursday night. They certainly weren’t the best, either.
The ugliest performance was from the referees. "One thing about these officials tonight, they’ve been consistent," said an announcer on Prime Ticket. "Consistently wrong."
At least USC gave them plenty of opportunity to practice blowing their whistles. With three players fouling out, the Trojans gave the Huskies a whopping 40 shots from the charity stripe. Washington converted 32, and went on to win 78-73.
Make no mistake — USC can’t blame officiating for this one. The Trojans have only won twice in their past five games, and ran into a rising Washington team that was won 12 of their last 13.
At least USC could put together a nice highlight reel from the evening. Marcus Johnson looked like the kind of player YouTube was invented for. Daniel Hackett hit a buzzer-beater before halftime that was somewhere in the nether-region between the three-point arc and halfcourt. He also lobbed up a big aly-oop to DeMar DeRozan.
On the other hand, DeRozan still seems to be experience some growing pains. He missed another head-scratcher from the perimeter — one you’d expect from a freshman, but not from a freshman phenom. His teammate Percy Miller was loudly clowned by the Washington crowd, who held up pictures of the former child star and chanted his name in the closing minutes. If it felt like and eternity for him — it was. The final 30 seconds on the game clock lasted about five minutes in real time.
— Adam Rose
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