FROM LAS VEGAS — There’s a reason Andrew Andrews played Wednesday like he wasn’t feeling very well.
It’s because he wasn’t feeling very well.
Andrews, who scored only three points in 24 minutes, said he was vomiting all night after apparently catching some type of food poisoning from a meal on Tuesday night. He received some intravenous therapy shortly before the game and felt a little better, but he was clearly affected.
“They did a good job getting him ready to be out there, but he wasn’t at full strength,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said.
Andrews said he thought about sitting out, but decided after the IV to at least try to play.
Romar wouldn’t explicitly state that UW is only interested in the NIT, but he did say that’s the only postseason tournament the Huskies are thinking about right now.
The NIT selection show airs on Sunday after the NCAA tournament selection show.
“We’re going to show up Friday and Saturday and do some shooting and things like that, and anticipate a practice on Sunday evening,” Romar said.
Asked if he would be interested in other tournaments — like, say, the CBI — if the NIT doesn’t invite them, Romar said only that they “probably want to play in the NIT.”
The Huskies weren’t necessarily dead-set on taking a 3-pointer after Dakarai Tucker’s shot gave the Utes a 3-point lead in the final minute. But freshman point guard Nigel Williams-Goss said he decided to shoot because of the size advantage he had over Brandon Taylor, who is 5-foot-10.
“We tried to get C.J. with a pick three. If it wasn’t open we were going to try to get Perris (Blackwell) on a slip,” Williams-Goss said. “I had a size advantage over Taylor, so I took a top-of-the-key 3.”