DURHAM, N.C., FEB. 10 -- Countering Louisiana State's vaunted all-American candidate, Shaquille O'Neal, with center Christian Laettner, the sixth-ranked Duke Blue Devils rolled to an easy 88-70 victory over the 19th-ranked Tigers today at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The victory was Duke's 64th straight at home against a non-Atlantic Coast Conference opponent. Laettner had a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds, with a couple of steals thrown in for good measure.

Perhaps more importantly, he got O'Neal into foul trouble with an array of head and pump fakes, then helped the Blue Devils control the clock by playing on the perimeter, where his opponent was helpless.

"I consider myself and my team good defensive players, especially when we're on a mission," said Laettner. "This was a big challenge for us, something we were looking forward to."

Many in the crowd were looking forward to O'Neal trying to tear down the nonbreakaway rims here, but the expected attack never happened. The 7-foot-1, 295-pound sophomore scored only six field goals, taking nine shots in 28 minutes and finishing with 15 points. He had four in the first half as Duke took a 48-39 lead.

O'Neal was averaging 18 shots and 28 points entering the contest, but the LSU guards, harassed by Duke defenders outside, were unable to get him the ball in the low post.

"There were times when I thought I was open but I guess my teammates didn't think so," he said. "It was just a bad day for all of us."

The crowd of 9,314 serenaded O'Neal with derisive chants, beginning with "Overrated, overrated," and continuing with "CBA, CBA." When he picked up his fourth personal with 8:45 remaining and Duke leading, 71-50, the cry became, "One, two, three, four, Shack can't play his game no more."

One of the first times Laettner got the ball, the junior had his shot blocked by O'Neal. The next time, he got O'Neal up in the air with a pump fake and went under him for a layup. In the following sequence, he drove to the basket and scored on O'Neal, drawing a foul in the process.

"We just said we were all going to attack him and not believe all the hype about him," said Duke swingman Brian Davis. "We learned our lesson about that at Georgetown a couple of months ago {in a 79-74 loss in the ACC-Big East Challenge series}. In that game we gave them too much respect and were a little scared. We didn't do that today."

It helped that O'Neal picked up his second foul with 9:49 remaining in the first half, sitting out the final 8:52 before intermission. That gamble by LSU Coach Dale Brown worked to some extent because the visitors were close until Duke ran off the last seven points of the half.

In the second half, Duke played without freshman sensation Grant Hill (from South Lakes High School), who had a hip pointer. But the Blue Devils started the half with a 23-11 run that culminated with O'Neal's fourth foul.

Duke put the ball in the hands of point guard Bobby Hurley, who more often than not fed an open teammate for a layup. For the day, Hurley had 10 points and 14 assists.

"They just neutralized Shaquille. Laettner is the best player and they're the best team we've faced this year," Brown said. "We've played Arizona, Indiana and Kentucky this year, and Duke is the best." LOUISIANA STATE (70)

Griggs 4-4 0-2 9, Singleton 6-15 0-0 12, O'Neal 6-9 3-6 15, Hansen 5-14 3-3 15, Pugh 0-2 0-0 0, Picou 0-1 0-0 0, Hammink 1-2 0-0 2, Boudreaux 0-5 2-2 2, Burns 2-10 2-2 7, Sims 4-7 0-0 8. Totals 28-69 10-15 70.DUKE (88)

Koubek 1-2 2-4 4, G.Hill 2-7 0-0 4, Laettner 10-16 3-5 24, McCaffrey 8-10 0-0 19, Hurley 4-10 0-0 10, Davis 1-4 3-4 5, T. Hill 7-9 1-2 15, Palmer 2-4 0-0 4, Lang 1-1 0-0 2, Buckley 0-0 1-2 1, Clark 0-0 0-1 0, Ast 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-63 10-18 88.

Halftime: Duke 48, LSU 39.

Three-point goals: LSU 4-16 (Hansen 2-9, Griggs 1-1, Burns 1-5, Boudreaux 0-1), Duke 6-11 (McCaffrey 3-4, Hurley 2-3, Laettner 1-1, Koubek 0-1, Davis 0-1, T. Hill 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: LSU 33 (O'Neal 10), Duke 38 (Laettner 11). Assists: LSU 12 (Pugh 4), Duke 22 (Hurley 14). Total fouls: LSU 18, Duke 16.

A: 9,314.