Center Shaquille O'Neal scored 38 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and Vernel Singleton scored his team's last six points in the final 1:51, giving No. 19 Louisiana State an 89-86 Southeastern Conference victory over Georgia last night in Athens, Ga.
"I felt like I was back in high school," O'Neal said of the 10 dunks and three blocked shots he included in his performance. "They put one guy on me. They can't stop me that way."
The Tigers (15-6, 8-4 SEC) overcame a nine-point deficit in the final 10 minutes.
The Bulldogs (12-9, 5-7) built their 68-59 lead on Jody Patton's three-point basket with 10:42 to play, but O'Neal hit a dunk and four free throws and Shawn Griggs added two baskets and two free throws in the comeback. The Tigers tied it at 74 with 5:20 to play on a three-point play by Geert Hammink.
There was one more tie and four lead changes, the last coming on a 15-foot shot by Singleton that gave LSU the lead for good, 81-80 with 2:40 remaining.
O'Neal built the lead to 83-80 on a dunk with 2:11 to play and Singleton preserved leads with his four free throws and a layup down the stretch.
Trailing 89-84, Georgia got a basket from Rod Cole with six seconds left, called a timeout with four seconds to go and stole the in-bounds pass, but Reggie Tinch's three-point shot at the buzzer failed.
Guard Litterial Green led Georgia with 27 points and Marshall Wilson added 23. Singleton finished with 14 points and Griggs 12.
Capitol College 76, Lancaster Bible 63: Chris Dixon had 18 points and 23 rebounds, Keith Alvarez scored 25 points and Shane Smith had 24 to lead the Laurel school (9-14) to victory last night in Lancaster, Pa.
Columbia 68, Penn 67: Russ Steward hit a layup with nine seconds remaining to lift the Lions (6-13, 4-3 Ivy League) in New York.