Floyd makes an official complaint to the Pac-10
Two days after his team was called for a season-high 29 fouls during a loss against Arizona State, USC Coach Tim Floyd on Monday said he had voiced his displeasure with the game officiating to Pacific 10 Conference officials.
“I discussed my concerns today with the pertinent officials -- not the basketball officials,” Floyd said. “I can’t discuss it with you, but I did what I needed to do.”
Four Trojans players fouled out and USC was called for more than twice as many fouls as the Sun Devils, who were assessed 14 fouls during their 80-66 victory at Tempe. Arizona State shot 39 free throws to USC’s 11.
The Sun Devils shot 36 free throws during a second half in which they overcame a three-point deficit to build leads as large as 22 points. Arizona State scored 13 consecutive points from the foul line during one stretch.
Floyd said it was the second time he had contacted the Pac-10 about game officiating in his three seasons at USC.
After watching the game film with his teammates, Trojans sophomore guard Daniel Hackett said there were “no officiating problems. We didn’t do a good job of keeping the guards in front of us and we didn’t do a good job of running back on defense. If they called those fouls, there’s a reason for it.”
Hackett, who returned from a two-week injury layoff against Arizona on Thursday, said he felt better than he did during the three games he played immediately after falling and injuring his pelvis Jan. 31.
“I felt fine out there,” Hackett said. “I think I’m getting to a point where I’m getting my rhythm back and just still trying to help my teammates and do the little things out there.”
Hackett scored five points in 24 minutes against Arizona and then scored four points in 28 minutes against Arizona State on Saturday, coming off the bench in each game. He had two assists in each game and two steals against the Sun Devils.
He participated in his first full practice Monday and said he felt “a little winded.”
Just when it seemed as if Marcus Simmons might have lost his freshman season to a chronically sprained ankle, the guard is starting to make an impact.
He played stifling defense against Arizona State counterpart James Harden for long stretches of the second half Saturday.
Simmons also made a tip-in and finished with two points, two rebounds and two steals in 16 minutes.
“I want to do what I can,” said Simmons, who has sprained his ankle four times this season. “If Coach needs me, I’ll play every time.”
Said Floyd: “There’s nothing like that little bit of experience that he’ll have this year in terms of helping him next year, and who knows, there may be other games where he has to help us this year.”
Simmons estimated that his ankle was 90% healed and attributed his recovery to several weeks of rest, the constant attention of trainer Bobby Walls and the protection of a walking boot that has kept his foot in a locked position where he can’t aggravate it.
Freshman guard O.J. Mayo did not practice Monday after undergoing a scheduled root canal and junior forward RouSean Cromwell did not practice because of inflammation in his right knee. Both players are expected to practice today, Floyd said.