The Washington Huskies took on the Washington State Cougars in Pullman in a Sunday night matchup that went up against the Academy Awards. In honor of the Oscars, we give you our recap in honor of the annual awards for movies.
In Memoriam: The Huskies' 7 game losing streak which lasted a month is now over. And the win was once again due to a last second Andrew Andrews shot.
Best Director: If for just one night, Lorenzo Romar motivated his team to a win against its cross-state rivals.
Best Performance of the Night: Andrew Andrews. Andrews came out scoring in mind and had a career high with 35 points including a 3 with the shot clock expiring with 1:09 left to bring the Huskies ahead 84-82. He then got the ball again at the end of the game and made another 3 over an oncoming defender. If you are going to have a career night, might as well have it against Wazzu. He ended 11-18 from the field, 7-7 from the line and 6-12 from 3. What a night.
Best Original Score: Andrews 3 at the end of the game of course.
Best Performance by a Supporting Actor: Nigel Williams-Goss. NWG added 20 points and 6 assists including a couple great drives to the rim. His defense also helped create Cougar turnovers.
Red Carpet Award: A lot of standing around not doing much except being seen. This award goes to the Husky perimeter defense in the first half, especially defending the 3 point line. The Mark Jacksonism "Hand Down, Man Down," was an issue in the first half as it did when these teams met in Seattle in January. The Cougars converted on 8 three pointers and ended up shooting 55% from the field Also, the Huskies were burned on 2 inbounds plays after timeouts. Fortunately, this did not harm them in the end.
Statue of the Night: Giles Dierickx. Seeing some extended minutes, he was outmuscled on the block and dunked on by Jordan Raley in the first half. Dierickx did have a nice turnaround in the post in the second half to tie the game at 61.
Costume Design: The Dawgs, except Shawn Kemp, wore tannish Nikes for the game. Maybe they were supposed to be gold but looked light brown. Kemp wore his Air Jordans.
Snub of the Night: We are not going to tell you what Pac 12 team improved its chances of making it to the NCAA tourney with a win over a top 10 team.
For a more traditional synopsis, see below:
The Huskies jumped out to a good start (i.e., they scored points) and even raced out to an 8-2 lead. The Cougs took the lead after back-to-back 3 pointers by Dexter Kernich-Drew and Devonte Lacy making the score 17-14. Early on in the first half, Ernie Kent’s team was 4-4 from 3 point range and ended the half 6-8 from behind the arc. The Cougs lengthened its first half lead to 11 but the Huskies kept the game within distance thanks primarily to the scoring of Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews. The Dawgs trailed at half 41-37. NWG and Andrew Andrews ended the first half leading all scorers with 13 points each.
The Dawgs came out quickly in the second half taking advantage of 4 Cougar turnovers early on in the second half. The Dawgs went ahead just under 11 minutes but that was short-lived with an Ike Iroegbu and 1 courtesy of Dierickx. The Huskies regained the lead but could not pull away. Up 80-75 in the second half, Devonte Lacy hit a 3 pointer to draw WSU to 80-78 going into the under 4 minute timeout. Lacy tied the game at 80 with two free throws.
Mike Anderson made 1 of 2 free throws to draw the Huskies ahead 81-80 but the Cougs converted on two free throws on the other end by Lacy to go ahead 82-81. Andrews added on to his career night with a 3 pointer as the shot clock winded down to put the Huskies up 84-82. After the Cougs tied it up again at 84, Andrews got the last shot and drained a three pointer to add on to his career high and end the losing streak.
The Huskies could do nothing against the Cougars zone in the first half but when they switched to man-to-man, the Dawgs were able to expose some mismatches. Namely, Andrews in the post as he scored on some nifty moves down low.
Despite a shaky start, Jernard Jarreau provided a couple nice baskets in the second half ending with 6 points and 4 rebounds in his return. His presence also helped out with the bench. But, notably Quevyn Winters was left out of the rotation as a result of Jarreau’s return.
The Huskies move to 15-11 overall and 4-10 in conference play. The Cougars fall to 11-15 and 5-9 in conference.
Celebrate like you won an Oscar.