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Washington 69, Xavier 68

March 12, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Deon Luton’s 17-foot jumper from the left wing with 11.2 seconds to play gave 11th-seeded Washington its first NCAA victory since 1984, a 69-68 victory Thursday over sixth-seeded Xavier.

Luton, who had missed two free throws when Washington led 67-66 with 53.2 seconds left, hit his game-winner after Gary Lumpkin’s two free throws had given Xavier the lead with 42.5 remaining.

Xavier, which made one basket in the final 9:53, had two shots to win it in the waning seconds, but Lumpkin threw up an air ball and T.J. Johnson’s layup attempt off an inbounds pass was blocked as time expired.

Washington overcame 26 turnovers and 10-for-21 free-throw shooting to win its first NCAA game since Detlef Schrempf led a victory over Duke 14 years ago.

Luton and Donald Watts scored 17 points apiece to lead Washington, the fourth-place team from the Pac-10. Darnell Williams and James Posey both had 17 for Atlantic 10 champ Xavier.

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