Huskies Bite Gaels, 68-65, in Overtime
Nov. 23, 1997
SEATTLE-Donald Watts scored a career-high 21 points, including a 3-pointer to force overtime and the decisive trey in the extra session to lift Washington to a 68-65 victory over Saint Mary's at Edmundson Pavilion. Washington (1-0) started its season with a win for the third straight year, improving to 71-26 in all-time season openers. The Huskies are 76-20 in all-time home openers. Saint Mary's (1-1) lost for the first time this season. The Gaels won the West Coast Conference championship in 1997 and played in the NCAA Tournament. Trailing 60-57 with 7.6-seconds left in regulation, the Huskies inbounded the ball to Watts who swished a 3-pointer from the right side at 03.9 with two defenders draped over him. In the overtime, the Gaels went ahead 65-62 on a 3-pointer by David Sivulich with 3:16 remaining. Washington's Deon Luton answered with a trey at 2:56 and Watts capped the scoring with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 28.3 seconds left. The final three-point margin matched the largest of the game for Washington which trailed by as many as seven points when the Gaels took a 35-38 halftime advantage on a basket by Sivulich at the buzzer. The game featured a matchup of mammoth junior centers, Todd "Big Mac" MacCulloch of Washington and Saint Mary's Brad "Big Continent" Millard. MacCulloch, a 7-foot, 280-pounder, won the battle in the paint with 20 points and 14 rebounds in 41 minutes. Millard, a 7-foot-3, 345-pounder, had 11 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes before fouling out. Luton finished with 11 points for the Huskies who got all, but one of their 68 points from starters. Sivulich and Eric Schraeder led Saint Mary's with 16 points apiece.