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Tim Buckley, Lafayette Daily Advertiser·3 min readIn this article:
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Baton Rouge – Shareef O'Neal put on quite a first-half show for LSU on Saturday.

He did it with his father, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, watching from a front-row seat on the baseline at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, outside of which a statue of Shaq stands.

Shareef O'Neal had six points and four rebounds in his 10 first-half minutes during LSU's 75-55 win over Missouri. He finished with a season-high seven rebounds and season-high nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field that included 0-of-2 from 3-point range in a season-high 19 minutes.

"He played great," LSU coach Will Wade said. "We need to have Shaq here more often.

"He did a good job finishing around the rim. Had a couple 3s go in and out. Did a nice job rebounding."

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O'Neal's dunk with 3:04 left in the half gave the Tigers a 28-20 lead and ended a stretch in which he scored six straight LSU points.

It's the sort of play that potentially can give LSU the X-factor it needs heading into March. LSU closes the regular season with games Wednesday at Arkansas (8 p.m., ESPN2) and Saturday at the PMAC against No. 25 Alabama.

LSU forward Shareef O'Neal (24) reacts during a game against Texas A&M earlier this season at the PMAC.
LSU forward Shareef O'Neal (24) reacts during a game against Texas A&M earlier this season at the PMAC.

"Shareef brings a lot to the table," LSU point guard Xavier Pinson said. "He's aggressive at the rim, rebounds, and he guards and blocks shots. So if we can get him a few minutes in there at any time, I feel like that's good for us in any way."

But before he can do all that O'Neal must prove to Wade he deserves more minutes.

O'Neal, limited to 10 games because of foot injury last season, transferred to LSU from UCLA, where he averaged 2.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2019-20.

The 6-foot-10 forward has been used sporadically this season, averaging in 2.7 points and 1.8 rebounds while playing just 10 of LSU's 28 games before Saturday. He missed the first 12 still overcoming his foot injury and didn't play in LSU's first three games when healthy, but has played 11 of the Tigers' last 14 games.

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