Second-ranked Arizona has been dominating teams with its front line, but the Wildcats were no match for Shaquille O’Neal.
O’Neal, a 7-foot-1 sophomore, had 29 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots Saturday to lead No. 18 Louisiana State to a 92-82 upset of the Wildcats at Baton Rogue, La.
Arizona (7-1) pulled to within 83-82 with 56 seconds left on two free throws by Matt Othick. But LSU closed with a nine-point run.
LSU led, 38-35, at halftime and built six-point leads twice in the second half before Arizona rallied.
Sean Rooks had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Arizona and Chris Mills scored 17.
No. 1 Nevada Las Vegas 131, Nevada 81--The Rebels made a school-record 21 three-point baskets while routing the Wolf Pack at Reno.
UNLV (2-0), the defending national champion, broke the game open with a 34-10 run over the final nine minutes of the first half after the Wolf Pack (1-6) got to within 31-28 after 11 minutes.
Larry Johnson led the Rebels with 21 points and Travis Bice made six three-point baskets to account for all of his 18 points. Anderson Hunt, who had 18 points, and Greg Anthony, who scored 13, each had four three-point baskets as UNLV broke the record of 17 set in the NCAA semifinals against Indiana in 1987.
No. 3 Arkansas 95, Missouri 82--Todd Day’s two three-point baskets ignited a 15-2 run after the Tigers erased a 10-point deficit to pull even, and the Razorbacks snapped Missouri’s 34-game home-court win streak at Columbia, Mo.
Day’s shots broke a 67-67 tie after Missouri (2-3) fought back with 6-10 Doug Smith, the Big Eight player of the year, on the bench with four fouls.
Day had 26 points for the Razorbacks (7-1). Jeff Warren had 20 for Missouri.
No. 4 Syracuse 113, North Carolina Charlotte 99--Dave Johnson scored 27 points and Billy Owens had 24 points and 16 rebounds as the Orangemen downed the 49ers to win the Carrier tournament at Syracuse.
Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim reached his 350th victory quicker than any other coach in Division I history.
No. 5 Duke 75, Michigan 68--Grant Hill scored 19 points and the Blue Devils downed the Wolverines at Durham, N.C.
It was Duke’s 61st consecutive victory over a non-Atlantic Coast Conference team in Cameron Indoor Stadium dating to 1983.
No. 6 Georgetown 53, Rice 47--The Hoyas used an 11-0 run--five by freshman Lamont Morgan--in a 1:14 span of the second half to get past the Owls at Houston.
Georgetown (5-0) played without Alonzo Mourning, who missed the game with an ankle injury.
Dana Hardy’s basket got Rice (3-2) even, 41-41, but Morgan’s three-point basket with 7:26 left started the Hoyas’ decisive run.
No. 7 Indiana 91, San Diego 64--Calbert Cheaney scored 25 points and the Hoosiers scored 15 consecutive points in the first half to win the Indiana tournament at Bloomington.
The Toreros had a 27-23 lead when Indiana (7-1) went on its 15-0 run and never looked back.
Pat Holbert scored 27 points for San Diego (5-1).
No. 9 Ohio St. 112, Chicago State 54--Perry Carter scored 24 points and the Buckeyes overpowered the Cougars at Columbus, Ohio.
The Buckeyes (4-0) have scored 100 or more points in each of their games this season, a school record.
No. 11 Pitt 96, West Virginia 87--Sean Miller scored 21 points as the Panthers beat the Mountaineers at Pittsburgh.
Jason Matthews scored 18 and Bobby Martin added 14 for the Panthers (5-1), who broke away with 11 consecutive points midway through the second half.
No. 13 Georgia 117, Mercer 50--Litterial Green scored 23 points as the Bulldogs trounced the Bears at Macon, Ga.
The Bulldogs (5-0) raced to a 65-21 lead on the strength of a 44-12 surge 15 minutes into the game.
No. 16 Oklahoma 141, Virginia Commonwealth 105--Kermit Holmes had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and Brent Price added 22 points as the Sooners outgunned the Rams at Norman, Okla.
It was the 49th home-court victory in a row for Oklahoma (6-1).
No. 17 St. John’s 67, Brigham Young 62--Malik Sealy scored 26 points as the Redmen beat the Cougars in the championship game of the Cougar Classic at Provo, Utah.
BYU (4-3) narrowed an 11-point halftime deficit to 59-55 with 4:40 left, but St. John’s (6-0) responded with a 7-2 run to pull away.
Freshman Shaun Bradley had 19 points for BYU.
No. 19 Michigan State 83, Detroit 61--Steve Smith scored 28 points and the Spartans broke a two-game losing streak by downing the Titans at Detroit.
No. 20 Georgia Tech 92, Fordham 72--Kenny Anderson scored 19 of his 32 points in the second half and the Yellow Jackets broke a two-game losing streak by beating the Rams at Atlanta.
Anderson also had four three-point baskets, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals. Malcolm Mackey added 20 points for Georgia Tech.
No. 21 South Carolina 87, No. 24 Temple 63--Jo Jo English made seven consecutive three-point attempts as the Gamecocks trounced the Owls at Columbia, S.C.
English finished with 26 points in the home opener for South Carolina (5-1).
No. 21 Virginia 70, Vanderbilt 56--Bryant Stith and John Crotty powered a 22-0 first-half run as the Cavaliers beat the Commodores, 70-56, at Charlottesville, Va.
Crotty scored 26 points and Stith had 15 for Virginia (5-2).
No. 23 Texas 116, Texas Pan American 70--Joey Wright and Benford Williams each scored 27 points and the Longhorns routed the Broncs at Austin, Tex., to win the Longhorn tournament.
Texas (3-2) set a single-game scoring record for the seven-year-old tournament.
No. 25 Kentucky 88, Kansas 71--Jamal Mashburn scored seven points and Sean Woods had three layups during a 19-0 run in the second half that carried the No. 25 Wildcats past the Jayhawks at Lexington, Ky.
Woods scored 25 points for Kentucky (4-0) and Alonzo Jamison had 15 for the Jayhawks (3-2).
Kevin Weatherby scored 22 points and St. Mary’s (Calif.) downed Wagner, 88-74, in the consolation game of a tournament at New Rochelle, N.Y. Eric Bamberger added 14 points for the Gaels (2-5) and Monte Davis scored 22 for the Seahawks (1-4). . . . DeRon Hayes score 22 points and Penn State (5-1) rallied to beat Marshall, 79-72, at State College, Pa. John Taft scored 25 points for the Thundering Herd (3-4).
Rodell Davis tipped in a missed shot as time expired to give Iowa a 75-73 victory over Iowa State at Iowa City. The Hawkeyes (6-1) beat the Cyclones (1-7) for the 20th time in the last 22 meetings. . . . Woody Austin scored 25 points as Purdue (5-1) made a school-record 11 three-point baskets and rolled past St. Louis, 97-77, at St. Louis. . . . John Schellenberg scored 10 consecutive points to spark a 16-0 run in the final five minutes that lifted Southern Indiana (4-2) past Wisconsin, 78-66, at Madison, Wis. Schellenberg and Ilo Mutombo scored 15 points each for the Screaming Eagles. Tim Locum had 16 for the Badgers (3-2). . . . Dell Demps scored 25 points as Pacific (2-5) defeated Prairie View A&M;, 106-71, for third place in a tournament at Springfield, Mo.
Greg Sutton scored a tournament-record 48 points to lift Oral Roberts (7-3) to a 103-98 victory over Texas Southern in the consolation game of a tournament at Jonesboro, Ark. Sutton broke the record of 38 set by Jim Valvano of Rutgers in 1965. Anthony Jones added 36 points for the Titans, while Ray Younger scored 24 for the Tigers (2-5). . . . Dale Davis scored 20 of his 30 points in the second half as Clemson (5-1) overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat Wisconsin Green Bay, 75-68, at Clemson, S.C. Tony Bennett scored 22 points and John Martinez added 21 for the Phoenix (4-1). . . . Tom Gugliotta scored 31 points and Rodney Monroe added 27 as North Carolina State (4-1) outlasted Mount St. Mary’s, 114-104, at Raleigh, N.C.
Phil Mendelson grabbed big rebounds in the final 40 seconds and added a layup with six seconds left to give Wichita State (3-2) a 72-69 victory over previously unbeaten Oklahoma State at Wichita, Kan. Byron Houston had 24 points for the Cowboys (4-1). . . . Derrick Smith scored 23 points and Byron Smith 22, leading Houston (5-1) past North Texas, 110-81, at Houston. Donnell Hayden scored 23 points for the Eagles (4-3).
Terrell Brandon scored 21 points and Richard Lucas had 19 points and 14 rebounds as Oregon (2-3) beat Portland, 68-61, at Portland. David Roth had 23 points for the Pilots (0-5). . . . Kenny Gleason and Mark Raspberry each scored 24 points as Cal State Chico (4-2) defeated U.S. International, 114-104, at San Diego. Keith Bradshaw had 40 points and Isaac Brown added 35 for the Gulls (1-6). . . . Marty Dow had 29 points and 15 rebounds to lead San Diego State (2-3) to a 94-78 victory over Cal Poly Pomona at San Diego. Terry Ross scored 27 points for the Broncos (3-2). . . . Dion Brown 23 points and Doug Meekins had 20 as Washington (5-0) defeated Idaho State, 98-77, at Seattle. . . Shaun Vandiver had 24 points and 14 rebounds as Colorado (5-2) defeated Eastern Michigan, 88-81, at Boulder, Colo.