Donald Watts scores six of his 28 points in overtime to pace Huskies.
Jan. 22, 1998
SEATTLE -- Donald Watts scored six of his 28 points in overtime, lifting Washington to an 86-84 victory over California at Edmundson Pavilion. Washington improved its overall record to 12-3, its best start since the 1984 season. The Huskies 5-1 conference record is its best since 1986. California dropped to 6-8 overall, 2-4 in Pac-10 play.
Watts assisted on a Patrick Femerling layin for the first points of the extra session and followed with a tip-in to put the Huskies ahead for good. He converted 16-of-20 free throws and had five assists.
California's Geno Carlisle sent the game into overtime on a 3-pointer with nine seconds left in regulation. He scored a team-high 20 points, but was limited to only one basket in four tries during overtime.
The Huskies staged a 7-2 surge late in the first period to take a 41-36 halftime advantage. That lead grew to as many as 14 points in the second half before the Bears rallied over the final 10 minutes, including the first two 3-pointers of the season by Sean Marks.
Todd MacCulloch registered his seventh double-double of the season, totaling 16 points and 12 rebounds. Deon Luton amassed 24 points for the Huskies who shot 55 percent for the game (31-56) while holding the Golden Bears to 45 percent (31-69).
Michael Gill scored 17 points for Cal before leaving with an injury and Marks added 16.
Washington 86, California 84, OT Edmundson Pavilion; Seattle, Wash.
California -- Gill 17, Marks 16, K. Jones 6, Kilgore 9, R. Jones 0, King 9, Lampley 3, Carlisle 20, Elson 4. Totals -- 31-69, 6-14, 16-21, 84
Washington -- Luton 24, Femerling 8, MacCulloch 16, Wooten 6, Watts 28, Dickau 4, Thompson 0, Johnson 0, Walcott 0, Green 0. Totals -- 31-56, 4-15, 20-31, 86.
Halftime Score -- Washington 41, California 36.