Four Huskies fouled out, but Andrews avoided disqualification. He made the Cougars with game-high 29 points during Washington's 99-95 overtime win.
Here’s video of the postgame interview with coach Ernie Kent following Washington State’s 99-95 overtime loss to Washington.
The Cougars were on the attack offensively and fouled out four Huskies.
However, they couldn’t get Andrew Andrews out of the game. The UW senior guard had four fouls, but avoided picking up his fifth foul that would have disqualified him. He finished with a game-high 29 points, including six in the extra period.
“We tried like crazy to get Andrews out of the game because we knew he had the ability to control the game down the stretch,” Kent said. “I felt like we fouled out 3-4 of their guys and they kept bringing bodies in there. It worked because we were in attack mode and we were sending guys out of the game.
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“To Andrews’ credit, he kept himself away from fouling. He did a good job of staying away from that ball and defending the ball. We tried to get the ball in the hands of the guy he was guarding. He kept them in the game and made some key free throws down the stretch.”
Kent commended the Huskies for being resilient despite the foul troubles.
“With that young of a team the best thing for them to do is to take that youthful energy and to play hard, get up the line, take chances and gamble,” he said. “They get you spread out and attack you. So you’re going to have some fouls in that situation. They will get better as time goes on, but they handled themselves well for their first true road game and rival game. For those young guys, they did a good job.”
Here’s a couple of quotes from Kent’s postgame interview.
On Ike Iroegbu’s potential game-tying shot with five seconds left: “We put it in his hands, the ball rattled around, it was a really good shot,” Kent said. “I have to look at the tape because I thought Josh (Hawkinson) got hammered on the rebound, but the call was not there. But Ike did a good job of getting a look. … It would have been great if he had a lane to the basket, but he did not. He did a nice step back and the ball just rattled in and out.”
On Ike Iroegbu (28 points) and Josh Hawkinson (21 points and 20 rebounds): “They played as hard as they can play. Unfortunately we came out on the short end and it didn’t come down to bad defense. It didn’t come down to lack of confidence. It didn’t. It came down to free-throw shooting in a hard, hard-fought battle. That was a great game and a great environment. They made there’s and we didn’t make our down the stretch and that was the difference in the game.”