It ultimately came down to two plays. Colorado had the ball with less than a minute left: Washington would have one chance after the CU possession, but first the defense, which had been pulling its weight all game long, had to make one last stop. Andrew Andrews was the man to make both plays. He stripped Jaron Hopkins to lead to a jump ball with less than 30 seconds remaining, which led to the final possession.
Husky ball: Nigel Williams-Goss had the ball up top with the clock dwindling. Donaven Dorsey set a down screen for Andrews on the block, who received the ball on the left wing. He isolated at the top of the key, took two steps on a drive, stepped back and hit an 18-foot jumper that passed through the iron with 0.3 seconds remaining. Colorado wouldn't get a shot off in time. There were some Isaiah Thomas flashbacks.
The first half was a continuation of the offensive ineptitude that UW fans have become used to seeing, with both teams shooting only 30 percent from the field, to a 24-19 advantage for the Buffs. All of Washington's first half offense came from Nigel Williams-Goss (eight points), Andrew Andrews (five) and Donaven Dorsey (six) with the other three rotation members going scoreless.
With Jernard Jarreau and Darin Johnson both out with injuries Lorenzo Romar kept his rotation tight, with only six players earning minutes, with Dorsey being the only Husky coming off the bench. The so-far ineffective Quevyn Winters was removed from the rotation completely.
Williams-Goss and Andrews didn't sit for a minute, and led the Huskies in scoring with 16 and 12 respectively. Colorado's leading scorer this season, Askia Booker, was held to five points on 2-13 shooting. He was affected heavily by Robert Upshaw's size inside, with all of his teardrop layups arcing higher than any player naturally would like to shoot them.
Upshaw finished with four points, six rebounds and only two rejections. Shawn Kemp Jr. led the Husky bigs in scoring with nine, all coming in the second half.
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