Huskies Stun No. 11 UCLA
January 31, 1999
By JIM COUR
SEATTLE (AP) - A personal foul and three technicals fouls - two on UCLA coach Steve Lavin and one on point guard Baron Davis - resulted in eight straight free throws for Washington's Deon Luton.
He made five of them, and Washington put itself back in the NCAA tournament chase Sunday with a 93-83 win over the Bruins.
"I never shot eight in a row before," Luton said. "That was crazy. Well, I hit most of them."
Said Washington coach Bob Bender: "It's not what you see normally in a game."
Lavin's ejection came after Davis, UCLA's stellar point guard, fouled out of the game when he fouled Luton. Davis then received a technical foul from referee Terry Christman.
Lavin charged onto the court and berated Christman, who gave him a technical. That enraged Lavin even more as he was being held by assistant Jim Saia, and Christman called a second technical on the third-year coach.
It was the first time Lavin has been ejected as the Bruins' coach.
"That was my first technical in three years," he said. "On a scale of one to 10, I'm probably a two in terms of courtside demeanor."
Todd MacCulloch, Washington's 7-foot senior center from Canada, had 26 points and tied his career high with 21 rebounds. He said three technical fouls with 4:34 to go killed the Bruins.
"That was too far for them to come back," MacCulloch said.
The Huskies (12-7, 5-4 Pac-10) won their second in a row against UCLA (15-5, 6-3), the first time they've done that since 1987.
Washington led 77-70 Davis was called for his fifth personal. The five free throws gave the Huskies an 82-70 lead.
"I didn't say anything," Davis said.
Washington, a Final 16 team last season, scored its biggest win of a season that has included losses to Boise State, Gonzaga and Washington State.
Freshman point guard Senque Carey had 14 points and eight assists for the Huskies. Donald Watts, son of former NBA player Slick Watts, also had 14 points.
UCLA was led by Earl Watson's 24 points and 20 each by Davis and Jerome Moiso. Davis had 16 of his points in the first half when the Bruins took a 44-36 lead.
The Huskies took a 64-59 lead with an 11-0 run that featured a layup by Carey and a 17-footer by Carey.
Washington led 66-65 before Carey scored on a layup and MacCulloch put back his own miss for a 70-65 lead with 7:57 left.
Washington improved its record to 8-0 in Seattle this season.
It was the Huskies' second victory over a Top 25 this season. They beat then No. 11 New Mexico 70-61 on Dec. 24.