UW Men's Hoop Squad Wins Exhibition in Overtime at Seattle Pacific

Nov. 10, 2000

SEATTLE - Junior Grant Leep converted a three-point play with 34 seconds remaining in overtime Friday to cap the scoring and lift Washington to an 83-81 victory over NCAA Division II power Seattle Pacific in front of a Brougham Pavilion record crowd of 2,782.

Nick Johnson's 10-foot jump shot gave the Falcons an 81-78 advantage with 2:31 remaining. Those were the last points for SPU. Husky freshman Curtis Allen trimmed the margin to 81-80 on a pair of free throws with 2:01 remaining.

Leep scored the decisive points as he was fouled by Abe Fox and converted the subsequent free throw after swishing a left-handed, seven-foot hook shot.

Seattle Pacific had a chance to win the game, but Brannon Stone's 3-pointer from the top of the key rimmed off. Daniel Sandrin rebounded the miss, but his potential game-tying jumper from 15 feet missed at the buzzer.

'That's the way exhibition games are supposed to be,' Washington coach Bob Bender exclaimed. 'I can't think of much more we would want out of it. I said going in that they would test us in several areas and we would see how we responded. Seattle Pacific has great shooting ability and their offense spreads you. We gave up a lot of points, but we sustained our defense at times.'

The Falcons forced the overtime, scoring five unanswered points over the final 2:48 of regulation. John Hubbard scored a game-high 26 points for SPU, including a 3-pointer from the left side after picking up a loose ball during a scramble.

Senior Will Perkins nearly won the game for Washington at the end of regulation. He missed a seven-foot jump shot from the left baseline and crashed the boards, but his tip-in attempt fell off the front rim.

Perkins and senior Greg Clark paced the Huskies with 17 points apiece. Junior centers David Dixon and Marlon Shelton each scored 10 points.

The NCAA's new emphasis on referees cleaning up rough play was visible as 53 fouls were whistled. Five players fouled out, including Perkins and Dixon for the Huskies.

'The foul trouble is actually something that we will benefit from,' said Bender. 'That's how the games are going to be called so we better adjust. That was good that we had to fight through that and play without Will (Perkins) and David (Dixon) at a critical time.'

Stone finished with 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Falcons who out-rebounded UW 42-40. Johnson scored 14 points for SPU and Eric Sandrin had 10.

The game was tied on eight occasions during an even first half that finished with Washington leading 41-40.

Friday was a rare road exhbition for the Huskies who return to SPU's Brougham Pavilion on Tuesday, Nov. 14 to host their second exhibition game. Washington entertains Brewster Packing at 7 p.m.

The Huskies open 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.

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