FROM BOULDER -- Washington's 78-69 loss at Utah on Thursday was forgettable all around. But there might not be anyone more willing to erase it from memory than UW guard Andrew Andrews.
The third-year sophomore attempted 12 shots. He made one of them. Andrews got open looks -- seven from 3-point range, all of which he missed -- and shot each of them without hesitation.
He just didn't make any of them, and as a result, he finished with a season-low two points (to go along with six assists).
Andrews was also playing through an ankle injury that held him out of practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, though he didn't offer that as an excuse.
"If you stop shooting, then you lose confidence, and once you lose confidence, it goes way down from there," Andrews said Saturday, after UW's practice at Coors Events Center. "Coaches did a good job of telling me it looked good. It felt good when I was shooting it. It just didn’t fall for me."
It hasn't been a great shooting season for Andrews overall -- he makes 36.3 percent of his attempts -- but his aggressive, confident nature (he leads the team in free-throw attempts and makes) has helped the Huskies put points on the board when opponents are zeroing in on leading scorer C.J. Wilcox.
Andrews averages 12.1 points per game. In UW's 10 losses this season, he's averaged just 8.8 points. In the Huskies' 13 victories, Andrews scores an average of 14.7 points.
A math degree is not required to draw the obvious conclusion.
"Nigel (Williams-Goss) and C.J. have been doing all they can, so I think I need to step up a little bit and start shooting a little bit better," Andrews said. "The last couple games we lost, I didn’t do too well shooting-wise, so I think if I step up, we’ll be all right."
UW coach Lorenzo Romar wants him to keep shooting.
"A guy named Larry Hollyfield from Compton, played at UCLA, he’s kind of a mentor for me. I’ll never forget at the gym, he told me ... I was making a bunch of shots, kind of in a zone, then I took like a fall-away, 25-footer and missed," Romar said. "And he told me on the side, ‘when you’re in a zone, keep taking good shots, or else you’ll be out of your zone.’ I think the same thing applies if you’re not knocking shots down – just be patient and wait for the next good one to come, and they’ll eventually go in.”
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