BATON ROUGE, La. -- Nevada-Las Vegas Coach Jerry Tarkanian learned firsthand Sunday that Louisiana State isn't just Chris Jackson and a couple of 7-footers.
LSU, 14-4, had taken a 58-49 lead into halftime, but the Runnin' Rebels ran off a 17-3 spurt to open the second half to take a 66-62 lead. Tigers Coach Dale Brown benched one of his 7-footers, Stanley Roberts, added guard Randy Devall and relied on his other 7-footer, Shaquille O'Neal to grab rebounds.
The gamble paid off, and co-No. 13 LSU ran off a 17-4 streak en route to a 107-105 victory over the fifth-ranked Rebels.
'We've seen four or five tapes on LSU ... and we didn't think anyone else could shoot around the perimeter besides Jackson,' Tarkanian said. 'Then you have (Maurice) Williamson and (Randy) Devall shooting just as well.'
LSU went to the three-guard lineup with about 12 minutes remaining, and quckly tied the score 79-79 when Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 9:12 left. The strategy by Coach Dale Brown also worked on defense, choking off UNLV's outside shooting.
Williamson followed with a pair of 3-pointers and Shaquille O'Neal hit a bank shot plus a free throw to increase the Tiger lead to 87-79 with 6:35 remaining.
'We didn't expect Williamson to hurt us like he did,' said Rebels guard Anderson Hunt. 'He hit a couple of 3's and it was a different type of game.'
LSU stretched its lead to 97-88 with 2:53 left when Jackson hit two free throws.
UNLV mounted a comeback, paced by Hunt who hit a 3-pointer, and Larry Johnson, who added four points, to cut the LSU lead to 101-99 with 28 seconds remaining.
'I think both teams played lights-out basketball, they played very, very hard,' said Brown. 'The big change with the three-guard lineup was moving Jackson from the point to off guard. Chris ran down the court and hit the three-pointer. I think that threw them off.'
But Devall, Williamson and Jackson each made both ends of 1 and 1 situations to put the game away for the Tigers.
The Rebels, 14-4, have yet to win a game this season outside the Pacific time zone.
'I've never won here and I don't like coming here,' Tarkanian said.
Hunt scored 13 points and Johnson added 11 in the first 9:10 of the game to give Nevada-Las Vegas a 27-13 lead. LSU rebounded with Jackson scoring on successive layups and Williamson adding a layup and a 3-pointer to cut the UNLV lead to 27-22. Jackson and Williamson combined for 22 points the rest of the half to give LSU a 58-49 lead.
Jackson scored 26 points in the half, while Williamson added 15. The Rebels were led by Johnson, who had 15 in the first half.
Williamson added 26 for the Tigers and Shaquille O'Neal had 17. For UNLV, Hunt scored 31, Johnson 27, David Butler 22 and Moses Scurry 10.