Husky Men's Basketball Team Wins Final Exhibition Game

Nov. 14, 2000

SEATTLE - Junior center Marlon Shelton scored the game-winning points on a rebound and put-back basket, helping Washington rally from a 13-point deficit to defeat Brewster Packing 84-80 on Tuesday in an exhibition game at Brougham Pavilion.

The game was the final exhibition contest for the Huskies who defeated Seattle Pacific 83-80 in overtime on Friday. Washington opens the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 21 against Texas-El Paso. at 7 p.m. That game will be played at KeyArena in downtown Seattle. All of the remaining UW games, beginning Nov. 25 against New Mexico State, will be played on campus in Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion.

Brewster Packing is an AAU team that is comprised of former collegiate standouts, including former Huskies Deon Luton, Brent Merritt, Chris Walcott and Donald Watts. Joining the Packers for Tuesday's game was former Seattle Sonic Vladimir Stepania.

'We knew what a lot of those guys were going to do obviously,' Husky coach Bob Bender said of competing against his former players. 'Stepania being a late addition was big for us. I thought it was really good for both Marlon and David (Dixon).'

Stepania scored a team-high 17 points, including a free throw with 9:34 left in the game that gave Brewster its largest lead of the game at 71-58. His final points came on a 3-pointer that put Brewster ahead 76-64 with 7:56 remaining.

From that point, Washington closed the game with 20-4 spurt. Freshman Curtis Allen scored eight of his 11 points during the closing surge, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Luton scored the final Packer points on a 15-foot fade-away jumper with 3:37 remaining. That put the score at 80-74. The Huskies scored the game's final 10 points. Shelton hit the decisive basket at 0:51, giving UW its first lead since 16:35. He rebounded a missed shot and scored while being fouled by Stepania, putting the Huskies ahead 83-80.

Husky senior Michael Johnson led all scorers with 20 points, including a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left to cap the scoring.

Shelton scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half and Greg Clark tallied nine of his 11, helping the Huskies take a 46-41 halftime advantage. Will Perkins finished with 10 points for UW.

Watts scored 16 points for Brewster while Roy Fisher had 14 and Brent Merrit 10. Walcott scored seven points and Luton had six..

'I talked to the upperclassmen this week and let them know that we were going to try and get the younger players some time,' Bender explained. 'They showed great basketball awareness and they showed an aggressiveness that you eventually try to reign in and combine it with some of the good decisions they made.'

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