In past two games, Huskies scored a season-low tying 64 points in win over Stanford and shot a season-low 32.9 percent during their loss to California. Murray says: "You miss some, you make some. We're just going to keep shooting as a team."
The past two games have been an offensive aberration for the Washington men’s basketball team, which scores more points than any team in the Pac-12.
During Saturday’s 64-53 win over Stanford, the Huskies tied for their fewest points of the season. In the previous game, UW shot a season-low 32.9 percent from the field during a 78-75 loss to California.
No one on Montlake is pushing the panic button just yet, but there’s growing anxiety among UW fans as the Huskies (16-11, 8-7 Pac-12) embark on their last regular-season road trip that may have NCAA tournament implications. They take on Oregon State (15-10, 6-9) at 8 p.m. Wednesday and face No. 13 Oregon on Sunday.
“I feel like we’ve been getting really good shots,” freshman guard Dejounte Murray said. “We just couldn’t get the ball to go in the hoop these past few games.
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“You miss some, you make some. We’re just going to keep shooting as a team. Everybody is going to keep shooting.”
They really don’t have choice.
Washington averages 83.2 points, which ranks 11th nationally. The Huskies’ win over Stanford was their first Pac-12 victory scoring fewer than 86 points.
It potentially bodes well for UW that it has seen a lot of zone defense in the previous two games because Oregon State also relies primarily on a zone defense.
“A lot of teams zoned us before Stanford, but I feel like Stanford’s zone was the best zone that we faced this year because they were long,” Murray said. “Although we can’t let that stuff stop us from doing what we’re supposed to do. Teams are going to zone or they’re going to man us. That’s what we practice for. We practice zone and every day we practice man. I feel like we’ll be alright as a team.”
Murray was Washington’s most effective weapon against Cal’s zone. He scored 25 points on 10-for-14 shooting.
“I don’t feel like it’s too hard because there’s some types of give if you move the ball around,” he said when asked on the difficulties of getting to the rim against the zone. “That’s been our main focus just moving the ball and get through the gaps.”
Meanwhile, senior guard Andrew Andrews said he feels fine after straining knee ligaments on Feb. 18 against California. He missed a day of practice last week before scoring a season-low 8 points against California.
“It wasn’t too bad,” he said. “Just trying to explode off of it was in the back of my mind a little bit. It was pretty good. Before I got here we spent like two hours icing it, massaging it and trying to get it ready for the game. So it was pretty good.”