Men's Basketball Captures Big Island Invitational Title
November 29, 1998
By GORDON SAKAMOTO
HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Deon Luton scored 14 points in the first half and Todd MacCulloch had all 13 of his over the final 20 minutes Sunday to lead No. 16 Washington to the Big Island Invitational championship with a 76-60 victory over Georgia Tech.
The work of Luton and backup forward Chris Walcott made it easy for the Huskies (4-0), who opened a 19-point lead en route to a 40-28 halftime lead.
Then, with Georgia Tech's 6-foot-11 Alvin Jones fouling out less than five minutes into the second half, MacCulloch took over, muscling inside for his points. The 7-foot, 280-pound center had been held scoreless in nine minutes in the first half.
With no other player other than Akins taller than 6-foot-7, the Huskies pounded the ball into MacCulloch, who controlled the paint.
Washington's biggest lead was 16 points and the Yellow Jackets (4-1) could get no closer than 9 points thereafter.
Luton finished with 16 points, MacCulloch 13 to go with nine rebounds, and Donald Watts, who effectively guarded Georgia Tech's Tony Akins, added 15. Watts also had three steals and four assists.
For Georgia Tech, Jason Floyd finished with 22 points with Akins getting 13. However, Akins had a 3-for-15 night from the floor and also committed nine turnovers.