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January 15, 2015 at 10:43 PM

Three impressions: Washington 56, Oregon State 43

Andrew Andews drains a three-pointer in the final minutes that helped Washington claim a 56-43 win over Oregon State. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson - Seattle Times)

Andrew Andews drains a three-pointer in the final minutes that helped Washington claim a 56-43 win over Oregon State. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson – Seattle Times)

Washington got off the schneid and snapped its four-game losing streak with a not-so-pretty 56-43 win over Oregon State.

The Huskies improve to 12-4, 1-3 Pac-12.

Here’s a few thoughts.

A FEW THREE-POINTERS GO A LONG WAY – When the Huskies make three-pointers, they’re a different team. You can probably say that for each of the 351 Division I teams, but three-pointers feel as if they’re worth six points for Washington because it’s a rarity when the team has more than a handful of perimeter shots. Tonight the Huskies were 6 of 18 downtown. That’s not all that great. However, it was more three-pointers than UW has had in the previous six games. Mike Anderson and Andrew Andrews each made clutch three-pointers in the final minutes that sealed the victory. It was the first time Washington had more three-pointers than its opponent since the Grambling State game on Dec. 17.

TONIGHT WAS NICE, BUT TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON – The Huskies were able to win their first game without Jernard Jarreau, but the front line depth is stretched thin. Jarreau is out 4-6 weeks due to a right knee injury. Best-case scenario he misses the next seven games and returns Feb. 13 for the Arizona contest. If we’re looking at a six-week timetable, Jarreau misses 11 games and returns Feb. 28 for the game at USC. At any rate, it’s not good news for the Huskies. The 6-10 junior forward is arguably Washington’s most versatile player. The Huskies relied on a seven-man rotation and a 2-3 zone. It’s tantamount that Robert Upshaw and Shawn Kemp Jr. avoid foul trouble. The next big off the bench is 6-7 Donaven Dorsey. In a pinch Anderson could play a forward spot, but the Huskies did that last year and would rather not do that again.

GOOD DEFENSIVE OUTING – Washington held Oregon State to 21.4 percent (6 of 28) shooting in the first half. Not sure if the Huskies played good defense or if the Beavers just couldn’t make a shot. At any rate, Washington did a fantastic job keeping OSU off the free throw line. The Beavers attempted just 10 freebies. None of the UW starters had more than two fouls.

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