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December 28, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Five impressions: Stony Brook 62, No. 13 Washington 57

Andrew Andrews and the 13th-ranked Washington Huskies lost 62-57 in a stunner to Stony Brook. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson - Seattle Times)

Andrew Andrews and the 13th-ranked Washington Huskies lost 62-57 in a stunner to Stony Brook. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson – Seattle Times)

Well, that was surprising.

Not many folks expected No. 13 Washington to lay an egg and fall 62-57 to Stony Brook in Sunday’s nonconference finale, which knocked the Huskies (11-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Here’s a few thoughts.

BAD OFFENSE DOWN THE STRETCH – You can’t sugarcoat the offensive struggles for Washington in the final minutes. The Huskies were really, really bad at the end. They scored just two points in the final 6:36 minutes. And they were outscored 10-0 in the final 3:41. Obviously you’re not going to win many games like that. Washington had been really good closing out tight games. Remember Oklahoma and UTEP? But this time they missed their last eight shots and committed four turnovers in the final six minutes. The Huskies shot a season-low 34.3 percent.

PERIMETER SHOOTING STILL AN ISSUE – Actually, it’s never not been an issue. Even when the Huskies shot better than 40 percent – they did it three times – on three-pointers, coach Lorenzo Romar admitted UW is a streaky shooting team. Tonight the inability to make a three-pointer was glaring. Especially against an opponent that made 9 of 18 behind the arc while UW was 3 of 10. This liability could be damaging going forward. Three-fifths of the starting lineup can’t make a three. That’s a given. And that puts tremendous burden on Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews to knock down long-range shots. You can argue they’re guards and it’s in their job description, but that’s not really what they do. Williams-Goss is shooting 25 percent (9 of 36) on threes this season. Andrews has improved dramatically from downtown. He his junior year with a 27.8 percentage on three-pointers and is shooting 35.5 (22 of 62) this season. Still, Andrews is a streaky shooter. He was 15 of 32 during a five-game stretch. However, he’s 2 of 11 in the past three games. Reserve guard Darin Johnson was 2 of 3 on three-pointers, but he’s a hesitant shooter. Backup guards Quevyn Winters and Donaven Dorsey are also inconsistent behind the arc.

IS TWO GAMES A TREND? – Before Sunday, Washington didn’t play all that great in its previous game – a 66-57 win over Tulane that included 18 turnovers. Romar attributed that defeat in part on a compressed schedule that included finals and two games in three nights. However, the Huskies were out of sync again tonight. Especially offensively. They just didn’t make shots. They were 14 of 37 (37.8 percent) in the first half and 9 of 30 (30.0 percent) in the second half. The bigger concern is on the defensive end where the Huskies gave up open shots. Romar did a nice job instructing players to double Stony Brook in the post in the first half. Washington didn’t do it very much in the second half. The Huskies also didn’t use their zone defense.

NEED TO DRAW MORE FOULS – Somehow Williams-Goss and Robert Upshaw combined for 27 shots and neither attempted a free throw. That’s tough to do. Shawn Kemp Jr. also didn’t attempt a free throw and he was 3 of 6 from the floor. Washington was 8 for 15 at the line. It was the fewest attempts this season. Washington was the bigger team with a considerable size advantage – Stony Brook’s tallest starter is 6-8. William-Goss (6-3) also had a size advantage against 6-0 Carson Puriefoy. When you’re not making field goals, it helps to get a couple of freebies at the charity stripe.

WHAT’S THE MAKEUP OF THIS TEAM? – Romar said: “Success is hard to handle. I thought tonight we reverted back to how we played a lot last year.” No UW fan wants to here that. Last year the Huskies were the epitome of mediocre at 17-15. It’s going to be interesting to see how this team responds after its first setback. If appearances mean anything, there were few smiles on the bench after the game. Williams-Goss was downright grumpy in the postgame interview. That’s a good sign for the Huskies.

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