Chimezie Metu had himself a tough evening on Saturday night.
He finished with 16 points and four boards but the Trojans lost to No. 5 Oregon at home, 81-70.
With 16.7 seconds left in the game, after USC had failed to score on what was likely their final possession, Metu foul Oregon’s Payton Pritchard to send him to the foul line with an open-hand slap square in the middle of Pritchard’s back:
Metu was given a flagrant foul for the infraction, and Pritchard somehow managed to look tough despite being in some pain. Metu is 6-foot-11 with long arms and huge hands. You know that, deep down inside, Pritchard probably wanted to cry. He didn’t though, so credit to him.
It wasn’t the only time Metu was mired in a bit of controversy. Earlier in the half, after Bennie Boatwright scored an and-one, Metu can be seen trying to trip Oregon center Chris Boucher: