No effort meant no start for Indiana's Calbert Cheaney, Eric Anderson and Damon Bailey.
Instead, the three acted as bench-bound cheerleaders while teammates Greg Graham and Matt Nover each scored 14 points in the 13th-ranked Hoosiers' 88-51 victory over Vanderbilt at Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday night.
Cheaney, the team's leading scorer at 15.5 points, Anderson and Bailey were benched by coach Bobby Knight, who has been unhappy with his team's offensive production in a 3-2 start.
The three started the second half and made their presence known immediately by scoring Indiana's first nine points. Cheaney had five points in the 9-6 run, which increased the Hoosiers' lead to 45-34 with 16:51 remaining.
No. 6 Oklahoma State 77, Louisiana Tech 71--Byron Houston had 15 points and nine rebounds as the Cowboys (8-0) took a 14-point halftime lead and then withstood a comeback by Louisiana Tech (3-1) at Ruston, La.
Sean Sutton and Corey Williams had 13 points each for Oklahoma State, Randy Davis added 12 and 7-foot freshman Bryant Reeves had 10.
No. 9 Kentucky 82, Southwest Texas State 36--Jamal Mashburn scored nine of his 17 points during a 24-2 first-half run to lead the Wildcats (4-1) at Kentucky. Southwest Texas (2-3) scored six consecutive points, closing to 23-14 on Chris McKinney's 12-foot turnaround with 9:36 remaining in the half when Mashburn made two baskets to ignite Kentucky's decisive spurt.
Utah State 74, No. 10 Utah 72--Todd Gentry made two free throws with seven seconds remaining in overtime as Utah State upset the Aggies (6-1) at Salt Lake City. Utah led by 58-51 with five minutes left in regulation when the Aggies went on an 11-4 run to make the score 62-62 and force overtime.
Malloy Nesmith and Kendall Youngblood scored 13 points each to lead Utah State (2-2). Carlito DaSilva added 12 points and had 11 rebounds and Jay Goodman scored 11 points.
No. 16 Iowa 108, Northern Iowa 85--James Moses scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half at Cedar Falls as the Hawkeyes (6-0) beat the Panthers (2-2) for the 18th time in 20 meetings. Acie Earl had three baskets to key Iowa's early burst and finished with 18 points. Chris Street added 16 points for the Hawkeyes.
No. 17 Oklahoma 106, Texas 91--Bryan Sallier scored 24 points and had a personal-best 20 rebounds to lead the Sooners over the Longhorns at Norman, Okla. The Sooners (5-0) had used a zone defense to take control late in the first half. The Longhorns (4-3) made only three field goals during the final six minutes against the zone and Oklahoma surged from a 38-35 deficit to a 51-45 halftime lead.
No. 19 Arkansas 70, Kansas State 59--Oliver Miller scored 18 points to lead the Razorbacks (5-2) past Kansas State (3-1) at Manhattan, Kan. Arkansas led by 43-33 at halftime and stayed ahead the entire game.