FROM SALT LAKE CITY — Before we get into Lorenzo Romar’s postgame diagnosis of Washington’s 78-69 loss to Utah here on Thursday night, we have a couple of injury notes to pass along.
Romar said neither ailment is all that serious, but Andrew Andrews (ankle) and Nigel Williams-Goss (hip) missed practice the last two days while dealing with their respective injuries.
Both played on Thursday. Williams-Goss (19 points, 8-for-17 shooting in 35 minutes) fared better than Andrews (two points, 1-for-12 shooting with six assists in 35 minutes).
Romar said Williams-Goss was “heavily padded” to protect his hip, but obviously not so much that it was noticeable.
Here’s the rest of what Romar said afterward:
(Opening statement) “Utah obviously is a very good basketball team. Coming into this game we thought they had to be one of the better 3-6 teams around. We have a lot of respect for tem. They came out in the second half and really outplayed us. We had a poor defensive effort in the second half and they made us pay for it, so give them a lot of credit.”
(Why did Desmond Simmons start?) “Just try to get him going, and I thought he did a great job and responded well to it.”
(Did Utah do anything during that 13-0 run?) “Nothing that we didn’t see the first time. I don’t know if we ran out of gas or whatever it was. We had a couple guys who couldn’t practice the last two days because of injuries. I don’t know if it got down the stretch, just didn’t have a whole lot left. But that’s the team we scouted. They’re a very good team. We had trouble putting the ball in the basket at times and we turned the ball over far too many times in the second half. That hurt us.”
(On the defense) “We thought we had the defensive thing squared away and it’s come back to … we’ve taken a couple steps backward in that regard. Like we were saying when we were in that predicament before, we’re going to have to fix it. And we’ve got to fix it. That has been a pattern, so we have to fix it.”
(On not scoring) “Sometimes when we see that ball not go in the basket, I think it affects us on the defensive end sometimes. We have to be mentally tougher than that.”
(Is it back to the drawing board?) “We watched the Washington State game and we saw errors. This is a different game, different challenge. We did obviously a much better job against them last time. We did a better job in the first half tonight. But in the second half, we’ve got to solve that, because that’s what happened in the Washington State game. We’ll bounce back. We’ll come back, correct our mistakes and be ready to go against Colorado.”
(On Andrew Andrews’ poor shooting night) “Even though when he was missing some shots, you could see that he still, the next one he took, he thought ‘this is a good look, I’m going to knock this one down.’ When you’re wide open like that, you’re supposed to shoot it with confidence.”
(On Jahmel Taylor’s playing time) “One thing Jahmel can do is score. When we were in there, we weren’t making shots, and we thought, Jahmel, go in. He did. He helped us. He hit one. He hit a 3 that kind of helped us. It was a very timely 3 when he hit it.”
(On Williams-Goss and Andrews’ injuries) “I would think each day they were getting better. First couple of days they couldn’t go through any drills because they couldn’t run. You saw they ran tonight. So two days of treatment, (trainer) Pat Jenkins is great, the job he did, and now we have two more days, and then we play on the third day, so I’m sure he’ll be fine.”
(On Williams-Goss down the stretch) “You could just see, down the stretch he was trying to help will us to a win, like he’s done before. He worked.”