Washington Defeats New Mexico State In Late Game Rally, 81-77

Nov. 25, 2000

SEATTLE (AP) - Greg Clark hit two free throws with 1.3 seconds remainingthat finally put the game away as Washington withstood a late rally to defeatNew Mexico State 81-77 on Saturday afternoon.

Washington led by eight points with two minutes remaining in the game, butmade just 8 of 20 free throws down the stretch before Clark converted the finaltwo.

Trailing by two points with 2.2 seconds left and possession, New MexicoState had one final opportunity to win, but Ryan McDermott's pass to ZackNorvell was long and out of bounds. Clark then put the game away with his twofree throws.

Thalo Green scored 17 points for Washington (1-1), while Michael Johnsonscored 15 and Will Perkins 14.

Eric Channing scored 24 points and James Moore 13 for New Mexico State(1-3).

Green scored 12 during a key late run that put Washington ahead for good.With Washington trailing by four, Green scored the first ten points of a 14-2Washington run that gave the Huskies a 55-47 lead with 9:28 remaining in thegame.

Brandon Mason's 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining brought the Aggies towithin 78-77, but they would get no closer.

The Huskies played their first game at the newly renovated Hec EdmundsonPavilion, which was originally constructed in 1927 and underwent a $40 millionfacelift that increased seating capacity to 10,000.

Washington has won 747 games at Edmundson Pavilion, more victories than anyother NCAA team in its current arena.

There were eight lead changes in the first half, the last occurring asMarlon Shelton scored the final six points of an 8-0 Washington run that gavethe Huskies a 23-20 lead with 4:28 remaining in the first half.

The Huskies led 30-28 at halftime.

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