All the telltale signs of a smooth road blowout were right there in the box score. USC was shooting the lights out, dominating the glass, playing stifling defense from distance. Tahj Eaddy, the Trojans’ transfer floor general, was on fire. Evan Mobley, the star freshman, was imposing his will in the paint.
But with just over two minutes remaining, No. 20 USC led Washington State by only five with its worst free-throw shooter at the line. All season long, Isaiah Mobley had struggled in these situations. He came into Saturday’s game shooting a paltry 44% on free throws.