Huskies Get First Pac-12 Win

SEATTLE - It may have been a Sonics Reunion night at Alaska Airlines Arena, but it wasn't Shawn Kemp or Gary Payton II that stole the show. Andrew Andrews came off the bench to spark Washington with some defense and key three-pointers as the Huskies defeated Oregon State 56-43 for their first Pac-12 win of the season Thursday night, while at the same time killing off a four-game losing streak.

Andrews had 12 for the Huskies (12-4, 1-3), while Mike Anderson chipped in 11, including three three-pointers. Robert Upshaw had a double-double for the Hoop Dawgs, with 12 points and 15 rebounds. He also had six blocks, becoming Washington's All-Time single-season blocks leader.

Malcolm Duvivier and Jarmal Reid were the only OSU (11-5, 2-2) scorers in double-figures with 10 each.

The 6663 in attendance were star-gazing, as many fans took opportunities to get their pictures taken with Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp at halftime and afterward, and Sam Perkins and Jack Sikma were also seen at Hec Ed.

“That was Sam Perkins at the game?” said Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar. “I almost went over there to hang out and talk to him but I was at work. I think at halftime I happened to look over and there was Sam, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp all were chopping it up, as they say. They seemed to be having a good time.”

The Huskies were the ones that eventually had the most fun on the floor, putting together a second half where they were able to combine a strong defensive effort with some timely three-point shooting. All five of Anderson’s and Andrews’ three-point makes were during the final 20 minutes after going 1-8 from deep the first half.

“It was me being confident in my shot,” Anderson said of his offensive outburst. His 11 points were the most since the 11 he scored versus Oklahoma. He also made two key threes to get UW going in that game early. “The coaches and my teammates were telling me to shoot the ball and I felt like I hit my spots to knock ‘em down. I was an offensive player before I got here; I had to get situated with the offense and stuff like that.”

“Sometimes he gets like that,” Romar said of the senior guard. “He’s so unselfish, he’s such a team guy he forgets about himself sometimes. I tell him, for us to really be a team he can’t forget about himself because he’s a big part of what we’re doing. If he can get that offensive mindset like he had before he got here - I think he scored 60 in a summer league game or something like that - if he can start doing that and take good shots along with that that’s going to make our team better.”

The Huskies also held the Beavers scoreless for the final 7:34 of the first half, and 15 overall - tying their lowest defensive total for the year. San Diego State scored 15 points when they came to Hec Ed and lost 49-36.

“This was more like the Stanford game, where we played right defensively but turned the ball over too many times,” Romar said of his players’ effort. “We had some turnovers here tonight that were unforced but we finished the game.

“When we defend, we do okay. And there was a stretch where we defended and made shots. When we defended and made shots, we were up 20 against Oklahoma; when we defended and made shots, we were up 20 against San Diego State. Tonight in the second half we defended and made more shots. It definitely makes a difference.”

The Huskies were also hamstrung a bit with injuries, as it was revealed Jernard Jarreau would be out 4-6 weeks with some more knee issues. He’s expected to have surgery Friday, but Romar believed it’s nowhere near as serious as the injury the junior from New Orleans suffered at the beginning of last year that kept Jarreau out the entire season.

In Jarreau’s place was Robert Upshaw, making his first career start for the Huskies, and he looked the same as he always does. His six blocks gave him 72 on the season, breaking the UW single-season mark of 67, held by Christian Welp and David Dixon. He did it in only 16 games.

“For me to step up and do what I needed to do to get us that win, that’s all that matters,” Upshaw said when asked about the record. “I just played my game; there wasn’t anything different that I did in this game. I was just more focused and my team kept me together. We fought through tough times. We went for like six minutes without scoring but we kept it together and we got stops and we got baskets. It was a good game.”

Quevyn Winters also made his first career Husky start after it was revealed Andrew Andrews was being disciplined for what Romar called a ‘miscommunication’ in shootaround. Andrews came off the bench with 14:38 remaining and immediately made a jumper.

“For me it doesn’t matter, starting or coming off the bench,” he said. “It’s just going out there and playing to my abilities. I played that role before my freshman year, so it was nothing I haven’t done before. I just tried to be a spark, get us scoring.”

But for as tough as the Huskies made it on Oregon State the first half, the Beavers and their zone made things equally perplexing. Washington had nine first half turnovers, many coming from the guards trying to make plays in the middle of the zone where Jarreau would normally be.

“They were just really active in their zone and deceptively long,” Andrews said of OSU. “They covered a lot of ground. Once we got acclimated to it it made it a little bit easier to find the shooters and the bigs. When you see you haven’t scored in a little bit, you’re always thinking, ‘Alright. I’ll make my next one.’ We never looked at it like we haven’t scored in a long time. Man, if we aren’t scoring we’ve got to keep them from scoring. We did that and came out fairly well.”

“We played zone more because we didn’t have the versatility that Jernard provides,” Romar said. “We were forced out of necessity to play more zone tonight. He’s a big guy that can pass the ball; tonight against that zone our guards were in there quite a bit in the middle of the paint. Jernard is usually the one making those passes.”

But the second half provided the best half of basketball the Huskies have played since the first half against the Sooners, and no one was more relieved to kill off the four-game slide than Romar. “In the second half our guys settled down and did a really good job,” he said. “We shot 52 percent in the second half against a team that holds teams to 36 percent from the field. They played zone the majority of that second half and it is a good zone, but our guys did a good job of being patient, getting to the right spots and feeding each other for good shots.

“We got one. It was a team effort. I thought our guys did a good job of executing on the defensive end. There were not a whole lot of missed assignments on the defensive end; we were going back and forth from a zone to man and our guys didn’t miss a beat that much. I thought in the second half we did a good job of settling down and getting good shots against their tough zone. Eighteen baskets and 16 assists is very good. We just have to build on this one.”
Notes:
More on Jarreau, Johnson: Romar said he didn’t expect Jernard Jarreau to have a big setback after having to leave the Washington State game, and he wasn’t even sure at first what was happening when Jarreau took himself out during Tuesday’s practice.

“He practiced Tuesday at the beginning briefly, and then the next thing I knew he was on the side,” Romar said. “He said it felt like it did the other night (Washington State).”

When asked if he has any fears this could set him back like last year’s injury, Romar was confident this would only be a small setback for the junior forward. “It’s supposed to be a minor procedure.”

Romar added that Darin Johnson, who was out with a quad injury, is ‘game to game’.

Post-Game Videos:
Robert Upshaw, Andrew Andrews, and Mike Anderson

Lorenzo Romar


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