Here’s a transcript of the post-game interview with Andrew Andrews and Shawn Kemp Jr. following Washington’s 86-62 loss to No. 7 Arizona.
Just you general thoughts on the game. You stuck with them early and then after their run, you just couldn’t catch up.
(Andrews) With any team like Arizona, it is one of those games where you’ve got to stay in it the entire game. Some of it comes out a little bit on us just on a defensive end, giving them easy baskets to begin with, and then they kind of separated from us. So in that final push that we had just wasn’t enough, because we gave them too much of a lead to being with.
What were they doing in the first half specifically against you guys to be able to score so many points?
(Kemp Jr.) I feel like they came out really physical, and we knew that they were going to come out like that. We stood with them for a minute, but then they got that run and we just couldn’t catch back up.
Shawn, how hard is it without another big body down low?
(Kemp Jr.) To be honest, I’m used to it now. It is tough just being the only big man out there but that’s just what it is right now. We’ve got to work with what we have.
It looked like early they were attacking you guys down low…
(Kemp Jr.) Yeah, definitely, they tried to get as many fouls on me as possible.
Andrews, there was a little spurt there where you put nine on the board…how did that get you going?
(Andrews) Well first of all, it started with stops whenever we got out of transition, which kind of opened the floor up for us a little bit. All year, whenever we get consecutive stops in a row we seem to go on these runs. So it is a lot of putting them together. We had that going for us a little bit, and then they made the adjustment.
You guys shot just 31% the first half, was it a matter of not getting great looks or just not hitting some of the looks you had… what are you kind of feeling like?
(Andrews) A little bit of both. Like you said, we like to go up and down so they did a good job of making their shots with kept us out of transition. Then once we were playing half court they were tremendous half-court defense team, so just like I said, we’ve got to get a little bit more stops and make sure we can run up.