Dec. 30, 1997
SEATTLE- Deon Luton and Todd MacCulloch combined for 32 second-half points, helping Washington rally for an 88-82 victory over Gonzaga at Edmundson Pavilion. The victory capped the Huskies' non-conference schedule, giving them their third consecutive 7-2 season record in non-Pacific-10 Conference games. Gonzaga overcame an early 18-9 Husky leadwith 12 straight points. The Bulldogs, who led 39-36 at halftime, took their final lead at 67-66 on a layin by Quentin Hall with 6:01 left in the game. MacCulloch responded with two free throws and Luton had a dunk at 5:18 to secure a 70-67 Husky advantage. Luton scored 15 of his career-high 25 points in the second half while MacCulloch tallied 17 of his 23 after intermission. He also grabbed 12 rebounds to register his third double-double of the season. Washington shot 57 percent in the second half (17-30) en route to a 53-percent game field goal performance (27-51). Gonzaga shot 57 percent in the first half, including 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. The Bulldogs finished at 51 percent for the game and 8-of-14 from beyond the arc. Donald Watts contributed 23 points for the Huskies who got 71 of their 88 points from the trio of Luton, Watts and MacCulloch. Matt Santangelo paced Gonzaga with 34 points, including perfect shooting on four 3-pointers. Bakari Hendrix tallied 27 points for the Bulldogs and Richie Frahm had 11.