Mayo's Thunder Stolen

By Josh Herwitt - November 17, 2007

You all know about O.J. Mayo's little skirmish with Daniel Hackett, right?

You know, how Mayo supposedly elbowed Hackett "accidentally" during a pickup game back in September?

Or was it that Mayo and Hackett really got into a fist fight?

Whatever the story really was, one thing Mayo should know is that he'll desperately need Hackett's help if the Trojans hope to compete in the best conference in the country this year.

And in a game where 16 NBA scouts filled the seats to see Mayo, it was really Hackett who stole the show Saturday night in Columbia, S.C., as the sophomore guard recorded his first triple-double on 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a big 85-75 win over South Carolina.

Nevertheless, Mayo didn't disappoint, knocking down 11-of-20 field goals, including three from beyond the arc, for a game-high 29 points while also tallying four rebounds and four assists.

On the other side, Dominique Archie had a solid game for the Gamecocks, dropping in 20 points, with 17 of them coming in the second half, as Brandis Raley-Ross added 18 of his own -- all coming after halftime.

Arizona, Stanford Both Go Down

The two upsets of Saturday both involved Pac-10 teams, as No. 17 Arizona was upset at home by Virginia, which held on for a 75-72 victory in Tucson.

First Team All-ACC selection and three-year captain Sean Singletary did it again for the Cavaliers, leading the way with 24 points and coming up big down the stretch to secure Virginia's second road win over a ranked opponent in the last two years.

Arizona freshman Jerryd Bayless showed his ability to score the ball in just his second collegiate game, finishing with 21 points, but the Phoenix native had a costly turnover late in the second half that gave the Cavaliers possession of the ball and control of the game with less than 25 seconds left.

Meanwhile, No. 20 Stanford was the other Pac-10 team to suffer its first loss of the season, suffering a 79-67 defeat to Siena, who was celebrating its first victory over a ranked opponent in 18 years Saturday.

Forward Alex Franklin played big for the Saints, scoring 14 points and grabbing a game-high nine rebounds against a Stanford team that is still missing center Brook Lopez, who was ruled academically ineligible last month. Twin brother Robin contributed eight points and 11 rebounds in the loss, and Lawrence Hill added 11 to the Cardinal scoring line.

For as weird as it was to see Stanford playing this game 3,000 miles away from home in Albany, N.Y., this wasn't the first time the Cardinal had lost to the MAAC school. In 1989, a 14th-seeded Siena team upset No. 3 seed Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a nailbiting 80-78 victory.

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 11:05 PM on November 17, 2007

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