Huskies Claw Cougars, 83-68
Dec. 9, 1997
PROVO, Utah-Deon Luton sparked an early surge with eight of his 18 points to help Washington defeat Brigham Young 83-68 at the Marriott Center. The Huskies trailed 9-7 before Luton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start a 14-2 run that put the UW ahead for good at 21-11 with 9:16 left in the first half. BYU scored the first six points of the second half, trimming an 11-point halftime deficit to 39-34 with 17:38 remaining. That was as close as the Cougars would come as Patrick Femerling totaled 11 of his 13 points in the second period to spark the Huskies. Femerling played his second game of the season, his first since missing the previous four UW outings while participating with the German National Team. Luton's top two career scoring games came against BYU, including a career-best 22 points during his collegiate debut last season. Thalo Green added 10 points and six rebounds for the Huskies. Wesley Mekeli poured in 31 points to lead the Cougars who also got 16 from Justin Weidauer. Those two, plus Danny Bower who finished with 11, combined for 58 of BYU's 68 points. Washington shot 55 percent (31-56) from the field, including 8-of-15 from 3-point range.