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January 23, 2015 at 12:04 AM

Three impressions: Washington 52, Colorado 50

Washington's Nigel Williams-Goss, top left, shoots over Colorado's Tre'Shaun Fletcher during the Huskies' 52-50 win. (Photo credit: Jeremy Papasso - Daily Camera)

Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss, top left, shoots over Colorado’s Tre’Shaun Fletcher during the Huskies’ 52-50 win. (Photo credit: Jeremy Papasso – Daily Camera)

Tremendous defense and clutch shooting resulted in a 52-50 win for Washington.

The Huskies improved to 14-4, 3-3 Pac-12.

Here’s a few thoughts.

ANDREW ANDREWS’ NAILS THE BIGGEST SHOT OF HIS LIFE – Before the season I asked the UW returners who they wanted taking the final shot with the game on the line. Nigel Williams-Goss received four votes, Andrews three and Quevyn Winters one. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Andrews was chosen Thursday night to take the game-winning shot in the final seconds. The junior guard is a co-captain. He’s vested and he’s invested in this team. Andrews was struggling with his shot (3 of 12), but he’s proven twice this season that he can overcome early shooting struggles and make clutch shots in final minutes. He did it against Seattle University and he did it against UTEP. Andrews’ long jumper with 0.3 seconds left just might be the signature moment of his UW career. He’ll be remembered for winning this game with a beautiful shot over the outstretched hands of Colorado’s Wesley Gordon. We’ll likely forgot that he finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes. And few may recall that before his game winner, Andrews fell to the floor and wrestled with Jaron Hopkins for the ball that forced a turnover.  Coach Lorenzo Romar put it best when he asked about Andrews: “He made winning plays when it mattered most.”

THIS ZONE THING IS NOT SO BAD – That’s three games now and Washington has looked pretty good with its 2-3 zone. The Huskies gave up a lot of open shots on the perimeter and they were fortunate Colorado converted just 5 of 19 three-pointers. But Washington kept the Buffaloes off the free throw line. CU  was 7 of 8 on free throws. Washington also forced 12 turnovers. Colorado coach Tad Boyle said the Buffaloes practiced the past three days against the zone, but they were clueless on how to attack UW. The Buffs shot 29.6 percent (8 for 27) in the first half and 33 percent (11 of 33) in the second.

SIX IS ENOUGH – I was certain Romar was making a big mistake using just six players in the first half. I was certain he was going to expand the rotation in the second half. However, Washington relied on just one bench player Donaven Dorsey. The freshman forward played a career high 23 minutes. Romar said he wanted to reward Dorsey for his play on both ends of the floor. Dorsey is a knock-down shooter who was 2 of 6 on three-pointers. Even if he misses shots, he’s garnered a reputation as a shooter and opposing teams have to defend him. Dorsey also collected five rebounds for the second straight game. And he had two assists. And it appears as if he’s doing better defensively. Reserve wings Darin Johnson and Winters were available, but perhaps Romar is sending a message keeping them on the bench. The six-man rotation can only work if everyone stays out of foul trouble. Center Robert Upshaw and forward Shawn Kemp Jr. were non-factors offensively in the first half, but they began to wear down the smaller CU front line after halftime. They scored all of their points (Kemp with 9 and Upshaw 4) in the second half. And Williams-Goss never left the court. Washington doesn’t win if he doesn’t score a game-high 16 points on 7-for-18 shooting. He also had four rebounds, three steals and two assists in 40 minutes.

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