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Huskies Cruise Over TCU 92-67

Andrew Andrews' 32 points gave the Washington Huskies a charge, as they bolted to a 57-23 first half lead and cruised to a 92-67 win over the TCU Horned Frogs Tuesday night at Alaska Airlines Arena in front of an announced attendance of 5651.

Noah Dickerson and David Crisp chipped in 11 apiece for the Huskies (6-2), while Donaven Dorsey added 10 for the Huskies.

Malique Trent had 13 and Vlad Brodziansky 10 for the Horned Frogs (4-4). 

It was as complete an effort as the Huskies have produced so far this season, as they raced out to a 10-point lead by the second television time out. By the under-4 minute time out they were up 22 points, and by halftime they had jumped all the way to a 34 point lead.

“Coach was really focused on our starts," Andrews told the media post-game. "Our first initial home games we came out with a lot of energy. We started the season off with a lot of energy and we took a couple steps back so we kind of made it kind of our focus to jump on them."

The first 'liftoff' moment in the season for the Huskies happened on a sequence fueld by two Matisse Thybulle steals. After an Andrews three with 2:32 remaining in the first half, Thybulle stole the ball and got it to Dorsey for a layin. Thybulle then jumped another passing lane in front of the halfway line for another steal and a pass to Andrews for another three. Andrews' shot hit the back iron, jumped straight up about 10 feet and then swished right through. 

The crowd went bananas. 

“My redshirt year when Tony (Wroten) dunked on that guy from Arizona (Angelo Chol), that’s probably the last time I heard it loud like that," Andrews said. "That was a great crowd tonight.”

The Huskies definitely jumped all over TCU, but they didn’t stop there. They extended the lead to 66-30 by the first television time out of the second half, and their largest lead - 42 - came after an Andrews three-point play with 14:11 remaining in the game. 

“Coming into this game… concerned wouldn’t be the right word, but I would say being very alert and aware of who TCU was in the forefront,” Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said. “We saw Michigan in the Bahamas and they were pretty good and SMU beat them pretty good tonight. TCU had SMU beat. They lost a couple of games. They had the game won and weren’t able to pull it out at the end. We knew they were going to be sound. We wanted to make sure we came out with great focus. They had in their first seven games outscored teams 60-31 in the first four or five minutes so we knew we had to be ready. Our guys stepped up to the challenge. I thought we played with tremendous energy from the outset and stayed that way for a large portion of the game.”

By the time Romar pulled Andrews with 8:36 left in the game, the senior from Portland had his 32 points, as well as three rebounds, five assists, and four steals. He was also perfect from three - 6-6 - the last time he had as many threes was against Washington State last February. 

“The first couple of times he picked up the ball just how engaged he was, how animated he was…he was really locked in,” Romar said of Andrews. “It’s funny how when you’re locked in like that everything else takes care of itself. It did for him.”

The Huskies’ pressure and trapping clearly got to the Horned Frogs early, as UW forced 19 first-half turnovers and 26 overall. It’s the first time Washington has had back-to-back 20-plus turnovers forced since 2010, when they did the same thing against McNeese State and Eastern Washington. 

“Forcing turnovers, creating havoc on the ball, everybody being up in the lane, boxing out, which I think we did a great job in the first half, just everything," Andrews said. "We didn’t really run that much offense. We were always in the flow of transition because of our defense. We usually like to get the tempo going and let our defense create the offense which we did tonight.”

“Ideally we want to make the other team uncomfortable,” Romar added. “That’s how we practice. That’s what we talk about. Sometimes you can sense it and other times teams are so prepared for it and so well drilled it doesn’t affect them as much. But ideally that’s what we would like to try to do, make teams uncomfortable.”

They also had more than 10 three-pointers in back-to-back games for the first time since 2011, when they did it against California and Stanford. 

Lorenzo Romar Post-Game Media Briefing 

Andrew Andrews Post-Game Media Briefing

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