Louisiana State's Shaquille O'Neal wanted to control Saturday's game against No. 2 Arizona. He did.
O'Neal, a 7-foot-1 sophomore, scored a career-high 29 points, had 14 rebounds and six blocked shots to lead No. 18 LSU to a 92-82 victory, the Wildcats' first loss in eight games this season."I tried to dominate the game," said O'Neal, who pumped his fists and danced as he became emotional in the game's final second. "I went out and played hard. I got into foul trouble as usual, but we played hard and we played as a team and we won."
LSU's fourth consecutive victory improved the Tigers' record to 4-1.
It came less than 24 hours after LSU pounded Division III Chapman College, 101-68, behind O'Neal's 18 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks in just 20 minutes.
LSU coach Dale Brown said that, though important, he didn't consider the Arizona game critically significant.
"This game doesn't make the season and it wouldn't have broken the season. I just wanted this team to go out and have fun," Brown said.
The game was the first between the schools.
"I'd rather go on the road and play a non-conference game like this and get beat, than play cupcakes at home," Arizona coach Lute Olson said.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the former Los Angles Lakers center and the NBA's all-time leading scorer, watched O'Neal in admiration. He was in town briefly to tutor the LSU center, who had worked several weeks earlier with former NBA center Bill Walton, like Abdul-Jabbar, a collegiate star at UCLA.
Vernel Singleton scored 14 points for LSU, while Mike Hansen had 12 and Harold Boudreaux 11. Wayne Sims added nine points to become the 25th player in LSU history to exceed 1,000 points.
No. 1 UNLV 131, Nevada 81
At Reno, Nev., Larry Johnson scored 21 points and top-ranked UNLV set a school record with 21 3-pointers in routing intrastate rival Nevada.
UNLV (2-0), the defending national champions, broke the game open with a 34-10 run over the final nine minutes of the first half after the Wolf Pack (1-6) had managed to stay with 31-28 for the first 11 minutes. The Runnin' Rebels had seven 3-pointers in the spurt.
Augmon's 11 rebounds led UNLV, which outrebounded Nevada 53-44, while forcing 21 turnovers.
No. 3 Arkansas 95, Missouri 82
At Columbia, Mo., Todd Day's two 3-pointers ignited a 15-2 run after Missouri had erased a 10-point deficit to pull even, and No. 3 Arkansas rolled to a victory that snapped the Tigers' school-record 34-game home court winning streak.
Missouri (2-3), which dropped out of the national poll Monday for the first time in 38 weeks, scored the first six points of the second half to get within 50-48. But with Arkansas leading 52-48, Doug Smith, Missouri's 6-foor-10 Big Eight player of the year, went to the bench with his fourth foul.
No. 4 Syracuse 113,
At Syracuse, N.Y., Billy Owens scored 20 first-half points but it was Dave Johnson's scoring in the second half that helped No. 4 Syracuse overcome North Carolina-Charlotte for the Carrier Classic championship.
Johnson, a junior, had 20 points in the second half and finished with a career-high 27 as the Orangemen handed coach Jim Boeheim his 350th victory quicker than any other Division I coach.
Owens, the tournament MVP, finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds for Syracuse (7-0).
No. 5 Duke 75, Michigan 68
At Durham, N.C., freshman Grant Hill scored 19 points, and No. 5 Duke won the battle of the turnovers, beating Michigan, 75-68.
The Blue Devils (6-2) led by 17 points at halftime, getting most of their baskets after Michigan turnovers. But in the last three minutes, Duke began missing, and Michigan (3-1) was able to whittle a 73-53 deficit to the final 7-point margin.
Duke committed 25 turnovers, 10 in the first half, while Michigan was saddled with 27, 15 in the opening half. When the teams got off a shot, Duke outshot Michigan 58 percent to 40 percent.
No. 6 Georgetown 53, Rice 47
At Houston, Georgetown scored 11 straight points in a 1:14 span of the second half, five by freshman Lamont Morgan, allowing the sixth-ranked Hoyas to overcome a sluggish shooting performance and beat Rice.
Georgetown, playing without starting power forward Alonzo Mourning, improved its record to 5-0 and the Owls dropped to 3-2.
Georgetown led 26-21 at halftime, but Dana Hardy pulled Rice into a 32-32 tie with 13:26 left in the game.
Mourning, the Hoyas' leading scorer with a 22-point average, sat out the game because of an ankle injury sustained in Wednesday night's 79-74 victory over Duke.
No. 7 Indiana 91, San Diego 64
At Bloomington, Ind., tournament MVP Calbert Cheaney scored 25 points and keyed the Hoosiers' 15-0 run in the first half as No. 7 Indiana defeated San Diego to win the Indiana Classic.
Matt Nover added 14 points and Pat Graham and Damon Bailey had 11 apiece as the Hoosiers improved to 7-1.
Pat Holbert led all scorers with 27 points for San Diego (5-1) and joined Cheaney on the all-tournament team, which also included Indiana's Jamal Meeks, Pat Graham and Greg Graham.
No. 8 UCLA 99, Notre Dame 91
At Los Angeles, Don MacLean scored 30 points and led No. 8 UCLA over Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish's sixth straight loss.
The Bruins, winning their sixth straight, never trailed after gaining an early 18-17 lead, but the Fighting Irish applied pressure and closed an 86-78 deficit to 90-86 with 49 seconds to play.
Kevin Ellery and Elmer Bennet combined for that final spurt, scoring 14 of Notre Dame's last 16 points.
No. 9 Ohio St. 112, Chicago St. 54
At Columbus, Ohio, Perry Carter scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half, leading the No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes to a victory over winless Chicago State.
It was the fourth consecutive lopsided win for the Buckeyes, who have scored at least 111 points in all four victories.
Jimmy Jackson added 15 points, Mark Baker 14, Chris Jent 11 and Treg Lee 10 for Ohio State, which had 13 players score points. Ernest Fullilove and Bursey led Chicago State, now 0-5, with 13 each.
No. 11 Pitt 96, West Virginia 87
At Pittsburgh, Sean Miller scored 21 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 11 Pittsburgh beat West Virginia.
Jason Matthews scored 18 and Bobby Martin added 14 as the Panthers improved to 5-1. Chris McNeal scored 11 and Brian Shorter had 10 points.
Chris Brooks, who fouled out with 3:36 left, led West Virginia (2-2) with 23 points and Tracy Shelton added 21. Mike Boyd had 18 and Charles Becton 12.
No. 13 Georgia 117, Mercer 50
At Macon, Ga., Litterial Green scored 23 points and Jody Patton came off the bench to add 17 as No. 13 Georgia remained unbeaten by crushing Mercer.
The Bulldogs (5-0) never trailed, breaking from a 2-2 tie to build a 44-12 lead 15 minutes into the game.
Georgia held a 65-21 lead at halftime and stretched that to 100-42 on Kendall Rhine's free throw with 6:21 to play. Its biggest lead came in the final minute when Lem Howard's dunk made it 117-48.
No. 16 Oklahoma 141, VCU 105
At Norman, Okla., Kermit Holmes scored 24 points and grabbed 17 rebounds Saturday night as No. 16 Oklahoma beat Virginia Commonwealth, the Sooners' 49th straight home victory.
Holmes made 11 of 17 shots from the field. Brent Price scored 22 points, a dozen coming on 3-pointers.
Five other Sooners scored in double figures as Oklahoma improved to 6-1.
No. 19 Michigan St. 83, Detroit 61
At Detroit, Steve Smith scored 28 points and No. 19 Michigan State broke a two-game losing streak with an rout of the University of Detroit.
Michigan State evened its record at 2-2, while the Titans fell to 0-4.
Detroit trailed 35-20 at halftime, but started the second half with a 10-2 run, led by eight points from Shawn Williams.
No. 20 Ga. Tech 92, Fordham 72
At Atlanta, Kenny Anderson scored 19 of his career-high 32 points in the second half as No. 20 Georgia Tech rallied for a victory over Fordham.
The sophomore guard, who hit four 3-point field goals, also had eight rebounds, five assists and five steals as the Yellow Jackets (3-2) snapped a two-game losing streak.
No. 21 South Carolina 87,
No. 24 Temple 63
At Columbia, S.C., Jo Jo English tied a school record with seven straight 3-pointers, all in the first half, as No. 21 South Carolina defeated 24th-ranked Temple in its home opener.
English, who came into the game having hit just one of nine 3-pointers, finished with 26 points as the Gamecocks ran their record to 5-1.
No. 21 Virginia 70, Vanderbilt 56
At Charlottesville, Va., Bryant Stith and John Crotty powered a 22-0 first-half run for Virginia that sent the 21st-ranked Cavaliers to a victory over Vanderbilt.
Crotty finished with 26 points and Stith had 15 as the Cavaliers (5-2) won their third straight game.
No. 23 Texas 116,
Texas-Pan American 70
At Austin, Texas, Joey Wright and Benford Williams each scored 27 points and No. 23 Texas defeated Texas-Pan American to win the Longhorn Classic.
Texas (3-2) set a single-game scoring record for the 7-year-old Classic, which Texas has won six times.
Pan American (2-4) had set the record of 113 points Friday night in beating Sam Houston State.
No. 25 Kentucky 88, Kansas 71
At Lexington, Ky., Jamal Mashburn scored seven points and Sean Woods drove in for three layups during a 19-0 run in the second half that carried No. 25 Kentucky to an victory over Kansas.
Kentucky (4-0) gained a measure of revenge for last season's 150-95 loss at Kansas, the second worst defeat in the school's tradition-rich history.
S. Utah 89, UW-Milwaukee 80
At Milwaukee, DaVor Marceli scored 18 points and Rod Dixon and Dana Achtzehn added 14 each to lead Southern Utah to a victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Von McDade led UW-Milwaukee with 42 points. Southern Utah led 44-39 at halftime.