Colorado head coach Tad Boyle comes onto the court to get his players' attention during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Cliff Grassmick)
The Daily Camera, Cliff Grassmick
January 23, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) On a night Andrew Andrews missed most of his shots, he came back to hit the one that made all the difference.

Andrews connected on a straightaway jumper with one second remaining, lifting the Washington Huskies past short-handed Colorado 52-50 on Thursday night for their third win in a row.

''I'm a perfectionist so I was still worried about all the ones I missed,'' Andrews said. ''I just really haven't gotten into that I made the shot, because I feel like I shot terrible today.''

Nigel Williams-Goss had 16 points to lead Washington (14-4, 3-3 Pac-12), which won at Colorado for the first time in its last five games here. Andrews finished with 12 points on 3 of 12 shooting from the floor, connecting on his last and most important attempt.

''Y'all can pick which ever one you want: gutsy, gritty, resilient, that's what our team was tonight,'' Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. ''Andrew Andrews hit a huge shot to win the game. He made two big plays for us at the end.''

Colorado (9-9, 2-4) was without two of its best players. Josh Scott remained sidelined with a back injury and Xavier Johnson sat out to serve a one-game suspension for violating a team rule.

Jaron Hopkins had 11 points to lead the Buffaloes but lost the ball driving toward the basket in the late going in a costly turnover that was forced by Andrews.

''It was a big moment in the game, and that pretty much lost it for us,'' Hopkins said. ''We work on situations like that every day in practice and I just can't turn the ball over right there.''

Wesley Gordon added 10 points for Colorado, which lost its fourth in a row.

''We have to have a short-term memory,'' Gordon said. ''We play Washington State in two days so we have to get ready.''

Trailing by five at the half, the Huskies put together a 10-2 run that Kemp finished with a layup to go in front 48-42 with 7:24 remaining.

Colorado was not finished, running off eight straight points, including a put-back by Gordon that gave the Buffaloes a 50-48 lead with 3:07 to play.

The Huskies re-tied the game on a pair of free throws by Mike Anderson and with under a minute, Williams-Goss missed a long jumper for the lead.

A Colorado turnover with 34 seconds left to play gave Washington another crack in the late going. The Huskies worked the clock until Andrews got a decent look from just beyond the foul line and knocked down the decisive jumper.

Colorado inbounded the ball but could not get a shot off before the buzzer.

After a tip-in by Dustin Thomas gave Colorado a nine-point edge, Washington closed the first period with a 3-pointer by Donaven Dorsey and a layup by Williams-Goss to pull to 24-19 at the half.


Washington: Guard Jernard Jarreau has begun the rehab process after undergoing surgery last weekend to repair a right knee injury he suffered earlier this month against Washington State. He is expected to miss four to six weeks. ... Washington improved to 8-0 when holding the opposition to 60 points or fewer this season.

Colorado: Askia Booker played in his 121st game, seventh-most all-time at the school. ... Josh Scott remains day to day with back problems that have sidelined for five of the last six games.


Washington: plays at Utah on Sunday night.

Colorado: hosts Washington State on Saturday night.

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