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Horrendous call absolutely hoses USC basketball and ends their season

Evan Desai
Mar 18, 2022; Greenville, SC, USA; Ethan Anderson, USC Basketball
Mar 18, 2022; Greenville, SC, USA; Ethan Anderson, USC Basketball / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
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USC basketball's season ended on Friday after their round one loss in the NCAA Tournament to Miami. After a series of heroics from Drew Peterson, the team was able to battle back from an 11-point first half deficit. With the game tied 66-66, however, USC got screwed over on a horrible foul call on Ethan Anderson with three seconds left in the game.

Anderson 'fouled' Charlie Moore by touching his arm when he took a shot that ended up being blocked by another Trojan. He lightly touched Moore before he was in a shooting motion, which players are allowed to do, yet still got a whistle for 'fouling' the guard who ended up hitting both free throws to win the game 68-66.

After the game, SC Senior Forward Chevez Goodwin expressed how ludicrous the foul was.

"That was a tough one," said Goodwin. "That was one play where I was just like; 'Why did they make that call?'"

Nobody knows why the refs made that awful call against USC Basketball captain Ethan Anderson.

Andy Enfield, like many USC basketball fans, is trying to figure out why the call was made against USC but not against Miami. Because the same thing happened on Peterson's game-tying layup just seconds earlier. There was no whistle, however.

"I thought Drew got fouled at the possession before when he drove and tied the game, they hit his arm," said Enfield. "So I guess if you're going to call it at one end, you should call it at the other end. So the call was made, and unfortunately we were one possession short."

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It's tough to see your season end like this. These referees need to be held accountable, and unfortunately that doesn't happen a whole lot in college sports. USC finished the season ranked No. 22 in the AP poll, with 26 wins on the year (tying a school record). They had 25 wins in the regular season, which was a school record.

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