Huskies Beat Portland, 70-68
Dec. 3, 1997
PORTLAND, Ore. - Todd MacCulloch scored 21 of his 33 points in the second half, capped by the game-winning layup as time expired in Washington's 70-68 victory over Portland at the Chiles Center. The Huskies opened the season with four wins for the first time since the 1990-91 campaign. MacCulloch sank two free throws with 55 seconds left in the game to tie the score at 68-68. Portland's Chivo Anderson missed a shot and Washington rebounded with 0:02 on the clock. Chris Thompson inbouded a three-quarter pass into the key to MacCulloch who missed his first attempt before tipping back the game-winner at the buzzer. The Huskies shot 53 percent (27-51) paced by MacCulloch who converted 12-of-15 shots from the field. He completed his second double-double of the season with 11 rebounds. Trailing 58-51 with 9:11 remaining, MacCulloch scored every point during a critical 10-2 Washington run that netted a 61-60 edge with 5:48 to go. Anderson scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half, leading the Pilots to a 36-31 halftime advantage. Philip Dejworek led Portland with 16 points. Deon Luton tallied 11 points for the Huskies who also got 10 from Donald Watts.