Dec. 22, 1997
MOBILE, Ala.-South Alabama did not allow any points during a six-minute, first-half stretch and Toby Madison scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half to secure a 69-52 win over Washington at Jaguar Gym. Michael Johnson scored a layup with 13:13 left in the first half that drew the Huskies within 13-9. Washington did not score again until 6:51 when Todd MacCulloch made a five-foot jumper. The Jaguars tallied 10 straight points during the Husky drought to go ahead 23-9. South Alabama pushed its 29-17 halftime advantage to as many as 22 points in the second period, sparked by Madison who converted four of his five 3-point attempts in the half and five-of-six for the game. The Jaguars shot 56 percent (26-46) as a team, including 64-percent second-half shooting (16-25). USA, which entered the game ranked second nationally by yielding only 50.2 points per game, limited Washington to 40-percent field goal shooting. Deon Luton scored all 14 of his points in the second half for the Huskies who also got 12 from MacCulloch. Darrian Evans tallied 12 points for USA while Rico Alderson added 11 and Jerome Coaxum 10.