Nov. 29, 1997
SEATTLE-Todd MacCulloch scored six of his 19 points inside the final five minutes of the first half when Washington took control en route to a 70-61 decision over James Madison at Edmundson Pavilion. The victory kept the Huskies undefeated, ending their thee-game, season-opening homestand with a 3-0 record. James Madison lost for the first time, dropping to 1-1. MacCulloch broke a 22-22 tie with a layin that ignited a 12-3 Washington surge over the final 4:57 of the first half. The Huskies led 34-27 at halftime and increased that lead to as many as 19 points before the Dukes closed to within 62-54 on a jumper by Eugene Atkinson with 2:25 left in the game. Donald Watts scored five points and Deon Luton added three inside the final two minutes to repel the JMU rally. The Dukes were the first opponent to hold MacCulloch under 20 points. Last season, the 7-foot Husky center erupted for a career-high 38 points at James Madison. Watts finished with 13 points and six assists while Luton contributed 12 points and five assists. Atkinson paced the Dukes with a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. Chatney Howard had 14 points for James Madison which also got 11 from Lamont Boozer. James Madison remained in the game on the strength of its 53-percent shooting (27-51) while limiting the Huskies to 46 percent (26-56). The Dukes struggled from the free throw line, converting only 4-of-13 attempts (31%).