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February 21, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Trojans save their real fight for after game

Sounds as if UW’s win over USC today was particularly frustrating for the Trojans, who are in desperate straits now as they attempt to get a third straight NCAA tourney bid. The loss dropped the Trojans to 7-7 in conference play and in sixth place.
Tensions only heightened after the game. As Scott Wolf reports, USC guards Daniel Hackett and Dwight Lewis got into an altercation after the game that had to be broken up by security guards.
The Orange County Register, meanwhile, reports that Hackett chastised a reporter and got in an argument with his father in the locker room in the view of reporters before reporters were then told to leave. (I was over on the UW side and didn’t see any of this but did hear about the Hackett-Lewis incident from someone who saw some of it).
The L.A. Times has more on the Hackett postgame frustration. (The Times story also has a quote from Romar saying he was “astounded” that the Huskies won. Being there at the time, that’s not what Romar said. He said he was “ecstatic” that UW won, which obviously has a completely different meaning. Unfortunately, it was transcribed as “astounded” on the official quote sheet, which is where the Times reporter got it.).
As for Hackett, he was also visibly frustrated during the game with the tight defense of Venoy Overton.
Overton later kind of laughed about how Hackett seemed to be trying to get calls from the officials by exxagerating the impact of contact with Overton.
“I know he kind of has that little international flop thing and I said to the ref, ‘Look at me, how small I am. No way I’m knocking him off the ball like that,”’ Overton said. “I just tried to pressure him the best I could.”
It was the Trojans who cracked under the weight of it during the game, and apparently continued to afterward, as well, as their once promising season is turning to disappointment.

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