He’s second in the Pac-12 with a 20.7 scoring average and leads UW at 8.0 rebounds per game.

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There have been stretches during Andrew Andrews’ basketball career at Washington when he’s been really good.

Two years ago, the 6-foot-2 guard finished his sophomore season with a flurry and averaged 17.2 points in the final six regular-season games.

He scored at least 14 points in each of the Huskies’ final 11 games last season, including a personal-best 35-point outburst at Washington State. He averaged 19.3 points in those games.



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Andrews, who has averaged 12.3 points during his four-year career, is in the middle of another scoring spurt this season.

Or as coach Lorenzo Romar likes to say, maybe the fifth-year senior is at the start of a storybook finish with the Huskies, who have failed to make the NCAA tournament the past four years.

“He is intent on ending his career the right way,” Romar said of Andrews at the start of the season. “There’s something about him. He’s more mature. He’s been there and back.

“Andrew has played a lot of games for us. He’s won a lot of games for us. Now I just think he’s ready to lead and do whatever it takes to make this team successful.”

Through seven games, Andrews has surpassed expectations.

He’s second in the Pac-12 with a 20.7 scoring average and leads UW at 8.0 rebounds per game.

Andrews, who has three double-double outings, has improved his assists average to 3.6 (up 1.4 from last season) during a transition from shooting guard to point guard.

“He’s doing a masterful job at pretty much everything, and he hasn’t even had a game where he’s shot the ball like he wants to shoot it,” UW assistant Will Conroy said. “But the best thing he’s doing is just being a leader to these young guys.”

Andrews, a two-year captain, is the only senior on a UW team that includes four freshmen starters and eight newcomers.

“Being able to get the young guys to trust you and believe in you is big,” Conroy said. “That’s tough for anybody, but he has the respect of the guys because they know he does his due diligence on the (scouting report).

“He puts in the work. He knows the tendencies of the opponent, and guys respect that. They know he knows what he’s talking about. Once you build that trust — and like I said it’s not easy — then guys will go out and battle for you.”

So far, so good.

UW is 5-2 entering Tuesday’s 8 p.m. nonconference game against TCU (4-3) at Alaska Airlines Arena.

UW stumbled twice two weeks ago at the Battle 4 Atlantis, but Andrews proved his value during the three-game Bahamas tournament when he set the tourney records for points (71) and scoring average (23.7).

He also tallied 30 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to lead UW to a 71-66 win over Charlotte.

“I don’t know how many point guards in the country are putting up his numbers,” Conroy said.

Andrews credits Conroy, a former UW standout guard and the school’s all-time assists leader, with helping him become a better playmaker.

“He was a fantastic player here,” Andrews said of Conroy, who also holds UW’s season assists record. “You always see things differently on the court than you do from a coach’s perspective, and he’s at the age (32) where he’s just got done playing, so he kind of still sees it both ways.

“I talk to him a lot and he’ll come to me at halftime or during timeouts and pull me aside and tell me what he sees.”

They’ve built a friendly mentorship off the court and an intense rivalry on the court through post-practice matchups. Conroy is a big believer in the personal battles.

“The one-on-one aspect is big in basketball,” he said. “You don’t ever want to lose your one-on-one skills. I play most of our guys one on one. It helps our bigs be able to switch out on guards.

“And for guys like Andrew, he’s keeping his tools sharp. When he needs to go one on one (in games), he’s not going to be rusty.”

Andrews admits that Conroy, who had brief stints with several NBA teams during a nine-year professional career, won a few times when they began keeping a tally. However, lately the UW guard has won the majority of the games.

“We joke around with it, but he’s super competitive to the point where he’ll make up stories,” Andrews said. “In his mind, he’s undefeated. But he knows the deal.”

Conroy laughed when told of Andrews’ account.

“Oh my God, I can’t believe he just lied to you like that,” he said. “He won a few games. I’ll give him that, but the overall series still belongs to me.

“But if he keeps improving, well, we’ll see what happens.”