Nov. 11, 1999
SEATTLE - The guard tandem of senior Deon Luton and sophomore Senque Carey combined for 41 points, but it wasn't enough for Washington which lost its exhibition opener 94-87 to the California Midwest All-Stars on Thursday at Brougham Pavilion.
Former NBA center Steve Scheffler scored 27 points in his first appearance for the All-Stars, a touring team of former NCAA Division I standouts who were playing their 10th of 13 games. A former collegiate star at Purdue, Scheffler recently completed his NBA career after several seasons with the Seattle Sonics.
"Steve Scheffler," All-Star coach Price Johnson responded when asked about the key to the game. "We got a big man to help us inside. His presence inside helped our outside shooters.
"This is he first time in nine games we've had a presence inside," concluded Johnson whose team has a 2-8 record on the tour, including losses at Michigan State, Michigan and North Carolina State.
Scheffler hit all six of his shots in the first half en route to a 8-for-11 performance for the game. He scored 16 first-half points, including 10 inside the opening nine minutes as the All-Stars built a 28-12 advantage.
The Huskies responded with a 17-5 run sparked by eight points from Luton who finished with a team-high 22-point tally. The surge trimmed the deficit to 33-29.
Washington took its first lead at 52-51 with 18:03 left in the game on a layin by Carey that capped an 8-2 second half-opening run.
The Huskies claimed their largest lead at 76-70 on a 3-pointer by Greg Clark with 9:44 remaining. The lead held for less than two more minutes as the All-Stars staged an 18-5 surge to take the lead for good at 88-81 with 2:20 to play. Scheffler and former University of Portland standout Jimmy Rainwater each scored six points to key the run.
Carey contributed 19 points and five assists for Washington which also got 10 points and seven assists from junior Michael Johnson.
Junior forward Thalo Green led all rebounders with 11, including nine in the first half.
"I was very pleased with some of the guys that came in and were productive," said seventh-year Washington coach Bob Bender. "Deon (Luton) played well when we put the ball in his hands. Will (Perkins) was really good, he gave us a big lift."
Perkins finished with nine points and six rebounds in his Washington debut. The Omaha, Nebraska native is a junior who played the last two seasons at Iowa Western Community College.
"There were some good things I was hoping we'd see, but some certain other concerns arose that we'll have to improve upon drastically, especially turnovers," Bender remarked. "Turnovers were what caused us our greatest problem. This was a typical exhibition game and we were a little nervous.
"This is going to be a tough year to gauge early. We're still developing an identity for the whole team and that does not happen overnight."
The All-Stars had five players register double-figure points. Troy Gray and Marc Mitchell each scored 15 points, former California Golden Bear Michael Gill tallied 14 and Brooklyn McLinn had 12.
Washington plays another exhibition game on Sunday, Nov. 14 against Mount Gambier of the Australian professional league. Tip-off is 3 p.m. at Brougham Pavilion on the Seattle Pacific University campus.
The Huskies begin the regular season on Nov. 22 at Saint Mary's.
California All-Stars - Chivo Anderson 2, Michael Gill 14, Steve Scheffler 27, Brooklyn McLinn 12, Marc Mitchell 15, Jimmy Rainwater 6, Sean Pryor 3, Troy Gray 15, Leif Nelson 0. Team Totals -- 32-55, 4-14, 26-41, 94.
Washington Huskies - Deon Luton 22, Thalo Green 4, Chris Walcott 4, Senque Carey 19, Michael Johnson 10, Will Perkins 9, Greg Clark 8, Grant Leep 2, Bryan Brown 0, Ben Coffee 0, Marlon Shelton 5, David Dixon 4. Team Totals -- 30-65, 10-26, 17-26, 87.
Halftime - California 49, Washington 44.
Rebounds - Cal 28 (Scheffler 6), UW 37 (Green 11). Assists - Cal 18 (McLinn, Gill 5), UW 18 (Johnson 7).