FROM PULLMAN -- Here's everything Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said after his team's 87-84 victory over Washington State at Beasley Coliseum on Sunday night. The win snapped UW's seven-game losing streak.
(Opening statement) “I was proud of our guys, the way we stuck together tonight. We hadn’t done that in some games. Tonight you could just tell, we regrouped. When we got down, we regrouped together the entire time. So that was good to see. Andrew Andrews had a monster game. He worked hard. I think Mike Anderson kept us in the game with his rebounding down the stretch. He got some timely rebounds.”
(What did you want on the final possession?) “First of all, the last shot. And they were in a zone, and we wanted to create a 2-on-1 situation on the weak side. That’s why we set the screen, so that they’d have to pick Nigel up. We had Mike in the corner in case they picked ‘Drew up, and he was going to make the extra pass. Nigel did a good job of finding ‘Drew, which is where we were looking to go.”
(On Andrews’ ability to hit big shots) “Like I say, I’ve always called him a daredevil. Thrill-seeker. He’s just that guy that when he was a child, I guarantee you they had to tell him to quit jumping off of high things in the house or you’re going to hurt yourself, that kind of thing. That’s how he is. He’s just a courageous guy. He’s one of those guys that is a risk-taker. He doesn’t mind taking risks.”
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(On how the big win is) “At this point, you drop as many as we’ve dropped consecutively, to get it done the right way, it was huge. Big win.”
(On Jernard Jarreau’s impact) “He had six points and four rebounds, but he played defense, he helped us. He set the last screen at the end. He just kind of knows how to play. And there are guys across the country that play on teams that don’t do whole lot statistically in terms of scoring, but they’re a valuable piece on that team. And that’s what he is. And I thought tonight he made a difference.”
(On going with Jarreau down the stretch and leaving Shawn Kemp Jr. on the bench) “Shawn was in foul trouble and we just went with (Jarreau) down at the end.”
(On what they did differently today than during seven-game losing streak) “We made shots. That was one. I think we played together as well as we’ve played in a while. Seventeen assists, three turnovers. We took care of the basketball. We did a number of things that were necessary to get a win on the road.”
(On what he learned from the game) “That we need to play together. We still didn’t play great defense. But because we played together, stuck together, pulled for each other, that’s going to make us a better team than a worse team.”
(On reaction to Andrews’ shot) “I’ve seen enough of them that don’t go in. I knew ‘Drew has hit one before, so if he could get a clean look and get his feet set, he’d have a good chance to maybe knock it down, and he did, and it was a sigh of relief for me.”