Holloway, Seton Hall oust Oregon in OT

Pirates earn 72-71 win

Temple, Okla. State roll

Pepperdine routs Indiana

East at Buffalo, N.Y.

Ncaa Tournament

March 18, 2000|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- There was no doubt that Shaheen Holloway wanted to be the shot-taker.

Seton Hall's mercurial point guard drove the length of the court and through and around a double team to score on an underhanded layup high off the glass with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to defeat Oregon, 72-71, yesterday in the NCAA East Regional at HSBC Arena.

"He always has the opportunity to use his instincts and make a play and he did," said Pirates coach Tommy Amaker, the former Duke guard.

"They tried to get that ball out of his hands, but he would not give it up. He kept going until he found an opening and made an incredible shot."

The senior finished with 27 points and atoned for an earlier turnover in overtime that had given the Ducks a 69-68 lead.

"I went open in the middle, and I think Sam [freshman center Sam Dalembert] did a great job of covering his man so I could get to the basket," Holloway said. "I felt comfortable taking the shot. I'm just glad it went down."

Holloway had options in case he was bogged down with the clock expiring quickly. But he never needed them.

"We had a play that coach told me to run. It's one of our special ones. I can't tell you the name of it," he said. "I had the opportunity to go for it myself to take advantage of the way they played it."

The Pirates (21-9) had a 57-47 advantage with 7: 07 remaining in regulation, but needed Rimas Kaukenas' drive with 3.3 seconds remaining to force overtime after falling behind five times by one or two points.

Oregon (22-8) came into the game seeking its first NCAA tournament win in 40 years.

Kaukenas and Darius Lane each contributed 14 points for Seton Hall, which will play Temple tomorrow.

Temple 73, Lafayette 47: Temple is not the type of team that can titillate fans with flash and dash. But for old-fashioned, blue-collar basketball, the Owls are a tough act to equal.

The latest illustration came in the first round, when second-seeded Temple moved a step closer to a possible showdown against Duke by eliminating overmatched Lafayette.

Don't look for brilliant shooting statistics or offensive records when Temple's involved. Look for the opponent to shoot poorly because of the Owls' mystifying matchup zone, point guard Pepe Sanchez to provide a feeding frenzy for his teammates, and Temple to take good care of the basketball.

Such was the case against the Patriot League champions, who never really found the outside shooting required to keep pace with their bigger, bulkier, more talented foes and furnished no threat to a Temple team that has been getting stronger and stronger in recent weeks.

Sanchez set an arena record and established a career high with 15 assists and was the most valuable player on the floor without scoring a point. Temple's burly inside players were primarily responsible for 26 offensive rebounds and 22 second-chance points against the smaller Leopards. And Lafayette (24-7) managed a mere 50 shots -- 20 fewer than the Owls -- and hit only 36 percent, approximately the average Temple (27-5) has allowed for the season.

Oklahoma State 86, Hofstra 66: Thanks to Desmond Mason and his Oklahoma State teammates, Hofstra's first trip to the NCAA tournament in 23 years didn't last long.

Mason scored 30 points, two off his career high, as the third-seeded Cowboys spread the scoring around, hitting 54 percent of their shots, and easily defeated the upstart Flying Dutchmen.

The Cowboys (25-6), who gave coach Eddie Sutton his 30th tournament victory, will play Pepperdine in tomorrow's second round. It was only the second loss for 14th-seeded Hofstra (24-7) in 19 games.

Pepperdine 77, Indiana 57: The 11th-seeded Waves beat sixth-seeded Indiana, ending a week in which Hoosiers coach Bob Knight was forced to defend himself against allegations he once choked a former player.

"Not a bit. That didn't even enter the game," Knight said when asked if the early part of the week had been a distraction to his team.

Said Pepperdine coach Jan van Breda Kolff: "I thought we went out and executed our game plan extremely well. We got our confidence right away and got the press going, which is the key to our team."

Pepperdine (25-8) was never in serious danger after running up an 18-point halftime lead behind 18 points by sophomore Brandon Armstrong. Indiana dominated briefly in the second half to pull within 11, but it never launched a real drive.

The loss was the sixth straight in the first or second round for the Hoosiers (20-9), who lost starting center Kirk Haston to a knee injury after two minutes and never got their shooting star, A.J. Guyton, untracked.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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