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Louisville 93, LSU 87, OT

December 7, 1996

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Louisville’s DeJuan Wheat scored nine of his 26 points in overtime Saturday to lift the unbeaten Cardinals to a 93-87 victory over the LSU Tigers.

B.J. Flynn, a force off the bench for Louisville, had five of his career-high 21 points in the extra period as he and backcourt mate Wheat accounted for all but three of the Cardinals’ overtime points.

Meanwhile, Rogers Washington was a one-man show for the Tigers (3-4) in overtime, scoring all 11 of their points and finishing with a career-high 33.

Washington, who averaged just 5.2 points in the Tigers’ first six games, was 15-of-20 from the floor and also had a game-high nine rebounds.

The Cardinals won the game at the free-throw line, making 30 of 36 attempts, to just 7-of-14 for the Tigers.

Louisville (4-0) led most of the game until a 3-point shot by LSU’s Terrance Simmons with 7 seconds left in regulation tied it 76-76. The Cardinals didn’t score again in regulation after Flynn’s two foul shots with 2:48 remaining made it 76-71.

Wheat quickly put the Cardinals in control again by scoring the first five points of the overtime.

LSU had outscored Louisville 15-6 in the final 8 1/2 minutes of regulation to erase a nine-point deficit.

The Cardinals, ahead 33-31 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half, reeled off an 8-0 stretch over the next two minutes to open a 10-point pad.

The game was tied at 25 with 6:43 left in the first half, but Beau Zack Smith’s only field goal of the game snapped that tie and LSU trailed until Simmons’ 3-pointer.

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