The Huskies travel to Los Angeles to take on UCLA and USC, which suffered last-minute defeats at UW in the first week of Pac-12 play.
Washington’s Andrew Andrews and Dejounte Murray met with the media Tuesday to talk about Thursday’s game at UCLA.
In the Pac-12 opener, the Huskies defeated the Bruins 96-93 in double overtime at Alaska Airlines Arena. UW survived two clutch three-pointers from Bryce Alford, which forced the first and second overtimes. He finished with 30 points.
However, Andrews proved to be the game’s biggest star. He tallied a career-high 35 points, including four three-pointers. Andrews also had six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 41 minutes.
The Huskies (13-6, 5-2 Pac-12) believe revenge will be a big motivation for this week when they face the Bruins (12-8, 3-4) and USC (15-5, 4-3) on Saturday. The Trojans had a 22-point lead in the second half at Washington, but the Huskies won 87-85.
“That’s not even a speculation,” Andrews said. “That’s a fact. No team wants to come into a situation where they have the game won and lose they way that they lost. We know especially with them, they have a big chip on their shoulder especially with them being up so much late. With UCLA, I bet their lockerroom is saying we had them at (their) home. So now we got to come in and play that same way and we can get them here.
“We know that (and) it’s in the back of our mind, but on the opposite end we’re thinking UCLA – they had us. They hit big shots in overtime. But we battled through and we got the win. USC is the same way. We got the win. We know what it feels like to win those games. So we got to take that chip on our shoulder and go in with the same mentality.”