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February 15, 2015 at 7:56 PM

Three impressions: Arizona State 78, Washington 68

Washington's Nigel Williams-Goss drives against Arizona State's Tra Holder in the second half as the University of Washington's men's basketball team falls 78-68 to Arizona State at the Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle Sunday February 15, 2015. Williams-Goss led Washington with 20 points in the game. (Photo credit: Bettina Hansen - Seattle Times)

Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss drives against Arizona State’s Tra Holder in the second half of the Huskie’ 78-68 loss at the Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday. (Photo credit: Bettina Hansen – Seattle Times)

Washington (14-11, 3-10) dropped its seventh straight game, a 78-68 setback to Arizona State that gave coach Lorenzo Romar the longest losign streak of of his tenure.

The Huskies fell to 14-11, 3-10 Pac-12.

Here’s a few thoughts.

NOT SURE IF WASHINGTON WILL WIN ANOTHER GAME — That’s really where we’re at now. A lot of the post-game talk centered around the Huskies’ psyche and resolve. Romar said: “With three weeks left, five games left on our schedule, we have to make sure we can find where that hope is. I’ve been in this situation and the teams we’ve had a couple of times like this in rebuilding situations they’ve stuck it out. They’ve always gotten better.” Shawn Kemp Jr. declared: “The season is not over.” And Nigel Williams-Goss added: “We’re not going to quit on each other. … This is adversity no question about it, but at the end of the day it’s only going to make all of us stronger. This season, as bad as it hurts it’s not breaking us as people or as players.” It all sounds good, but this losing streak looks like as if it’s going grow larger. Washington plays its next three games on the road at Washington State, UCLA and USC. The Huskies finish with Colorado and No. 11 Utah before the Pac-12 Tournament.

KEMP HAS TO GIVE A LITTLE MORE — As good as Kemp was – and he had his moments Sunday – the Huskies need a little more from their big man. He had himself one heckuva game. The 6-9 senior forward set or tied career-highs in minutes (38), rebounds (8), blocks (three) and steals (1). He also stayed out of foul trouble and did a nice job defensively against Eric Jacobsen, who had six points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes. The only thing Kemp didn’t do was score with more regularity. He had his chances and didn’t convert point-blank layups that rolled out or just missed the mark. Kemp finished with seven points on 3-for-9 shooting. Washington needs him to score at least 10-12 in the post. The Huskies tried playing backup 7-foot center Gilles Dierickx in the first half, but ASU forward Savon Goodman ate him up. Dierickx lasted two minutes and didn’t play in the second half. Kemp had tape on his right calf, which suggest he’s not 100 percent healthy. Given his condition, he did well to stay on the court for so long. But he’s got to give a little more offensively.

WILL ANYONE OTHER THAN WILLIAMS-GOSS AND ANDREWS STEP UP? — In the past three games, Andrew Andrews, Williams-Goss and Kemp are the only UW players to score in double figures. The role players have fallen off dramatically. Donaven Dorsey’s downturn is somewhat understandable because the freshman sharp-shooter was forced into the starting lineup when Washington dismissed 7-foot center Robert Upshaw. Still, Dorsey has connected on 8 of 31 shots (25.8 percent) during UW’s losing streak. On Sunday, he was 2 for 9 and 1 of 8 on three-pointers. Mike Anderson, Darin Johnson and Quevyn Winters combined for 17 points, three rebounds and 1 assist. That’s not enough. Especially when Washington’s defense is allowing 79.6 points during the losing streak. If the Huskies don’t tighten up defensively – and that’s not likely to happen – then they have to score more points. And you can’t expect Williams-Goss (20 points, six assists and five rebounds) and Andrews (19 points and three three-pointers) to play much better than they did Sunday.

 

 

Nigel Williams-Goss led Washington with 20 points.

Andrew Andrews scored 19 for the Huskies, who have not won since beating Colorado on Jan. 22.

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