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February 13, 2015 at 10:21 PM

Three impressions: No. 7 Arizona 86, Washington 62

Washington's Andrew Andrews (12) steals the ball from Arizona's Stanley Johnson in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington’s Andrew Andrews (12) steals the ball from Arizona’s Stanley Johnson in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington’s losing streak ballooned to six in a row following an 86-62 setback to No. 7 Arizona.

It’s the most consecutive losses for the Huskies since coach Lorenzo Romar took over 13 years ago.

Washington fell to 14-10 and 3-9 in the Pac-12.

Here’s a few thoughts.

SHAWN KEMP JR. CAN’T LEAVE THE FLOOR — Given the state of the front line, Kemp is the most important player for the Huskies. Not sure why he didn’t play more than 30 minutes. Yes he had four fouls, but he wasn’t necessarily in foul trouble. Kemp made a difference when he was on the court. And when Washington had five guards on the floor, Arizona smelled blood in the water and broke the game open with a flurry of layups and dunks in the first half. Coach Lorenzo Romar gambled and lost with the small-ball lineup against a gigantic team like the Wildcats. Kemp was a better option. He outplayed 7-foot center Kaleb Tarczewski, who had eight points and three rebounds. Kemp finished with 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting. It’s the fifth straight game he’s scored in double figures. His backup Gilles Dierickx performed admirably in relief. In fact, it was probably the best outing for the 7-foot Belgian who had a crowd-pleasing dunk in eight minutes. But Dierickx isn’t a presence down low like Kemp. As good as he was, it’s still difficult to explain how he managed just one rebound.

ANDREW ANDREWS GETS DOUBLE DOUBLE — Andrews got the rebounds that Kemp didn’t get. The junior guard nabbed a career-high 11 boards. He also scored a team-high 18 rebounds in 40 minutes for his first double double. Andrews made all of the big plays for Washington, including back-to-back three-pointers midway in the second half that cut UW’s deficit to 11 points. Still, his best play may have gone unnoticed. Andrews dove after a ball that was going out of bounds and tapped it to a teammate to begin a fast break. He got up, raced down to the other end and finished the play with a driving, contested layup. It was a gorgeous sequence of hustle and determination.

SUNDAY’S GAME MIGHT BE BEST CHANCE FOR A WIN — If the Huskies don’t snap their six-game losing streak Sunday against Arizona State, then it could stretch out to nine or 10 straight defeats. The Sun Devils fell 74-71 at Washington State. They have less than 48 hours to travel across the state and get ready for Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. game at Alaska Airlines Arena. Arizona State is a perimeter-oriented team, which should help the undersized Huskies. After Sunday’s game, Washington has three straight road games at Washington State, UCLA and USC. The Huskies finish the regular season at home against slumping Colorado and No. 11 Utah.

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