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ELLIS ISN'T CONCERNED ABOUT SU ALLEGATIONS

Syracuse's LeRon Ellis thought he was leaving trouble behind when he left Kentucky after the Wildcats were caught violating NCAA rules.

Ellis isn't worried that trouble has found him again following a report by the Syracuse Post-Standard that No. 3 Syracuse may have broken dozens of NCAA regulations in recent years.

"I don't think anything major is going to come of it," Ellis predicted Thursday before the Orangemen's game against Towson State at Hershey Park Arena in Pennsylvania.

"They (NCAA) are going to look at them (allegations), and see that they're minor, if any. . . . It's a pretty clean, a very clean program, actually. That's why I came here. There was no real risk of trouble," said Ellis, a senior who left Kentucky after that program was placed on three years' probation for major violations.

The university said Thursday it will review the Post-Standard's allegations, which were based on a seven-month investigation, and consult with the NCAA to determine what action is necessary.

The alleged violations included players receiving free merchandise and meals, getting cut-rate use of cars and even cash from boosters, including NBA Hall of Famer Dave Bing, who played at Syracuse as a teammate of Boeheim.

Texas A&M under fire

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M has notified the NCAA that violations may have occurred in its basketball program, Athletic Director John David Crow said.

Alleged violations became public after recruit Tony Scott told the Syracuse Post-Standard that a New York talent scout arranged his transfer from Syracuse to Texas A&M. The newspaper also quoted Scott as saying the university paid for part of his father's air fare and permitted the talent scout to fly on its plane.

UNLV charged with violations

LAS VEGAS -- The NCAA has charged UNLV's powerhouse basketball program with a host of violations in the recruitment of Lloyd Daniels, who allegedly was given a car and motorcycle by an assistant coach and had his bail paid by a booster following his arrest at a crack cocaine house.

Ten of the 29 allegations contained in an NCAA letter of inquiry surround the 1986 recruitment of Daniels, a former New York prep star, including charges that members of the basketball staff lied to NCAA investigators looking for recruiting violations.

Orangemen topple Towson

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Billy Owens celebrated a homecoming of sorts with 28 points on Thursday night, leading No. 3 Syracuse to a 78-73 victory over Towson State.

Owens, who broke the game's final tie with an 8-foot jumper with 14:12 to play to give the Orangemen (10-0) a 49-47 lead, put the game away with another short shot that gave Syracuse a four-point lead with a minute left. Owens had lost a pass inside, but got it right back for an open shot.

Towson State (5-3) stayed close down the stretch, due largely to clutch shooting by Chuck Lightening, who led all scorers with 29 points.

Towson officials said the game was played here to give local fans a chance to see Owens, who was a schoolboy star in nearby Carlisle.

O'Neal leads LSU victory

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Shaquille O'Neal had 29 points and 14 rebounds as the Tigers (6-1) prevailed in a 122-114 runathon. The 7-foot-1 sophomore center was coming off a 53-point performance against Arkansas State.

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