LSU 64, SE Missouri St. 61
Mar. 16, 2000
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Louisiana State returned to its winning ways in the NCAA tournament for the first time since Shaquille O'Neal dominated the middle for the Tigers eight years ago.
Brian Beshara hit a 3-pointer with 17.8 seconds remaining to give fourth-seeded LSU a 63-61 victory over 12th-seeded Southeast Missouri State on Thursday in the West Regional.
In the tournament for the first time since 1993, the Tigers (27-5) hadn't won a first-round game since O'Neal blocked a tournament-record 11 shots in a victory over BYU in 1992.
Beshara's first points of the second half came with three seconds left on the shot clock and snapped a 61-all tie.
After two timeouts, the ball got away from Southeast Missouri's Antonio Short. Roderick Johnson picked it off the floor for the tying shot, but the ball bounced off the rim and backboard as time expired.
Jabari Smith led the Tigers with 17 points.
Johnson had 19 points for the Indians (24-7) of the Ohio Valley Conference, who were playing their first-ever game in the NCAA tournament.