Arkansas beats LSU In Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE – It was a different script this time for the LSU Tigers in their 78-70 loss to Arkansas Saturday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
With the 1991 Southeastern Conference championship team with star player Shaquille O’Neal courtside, the Tigers came out and played with confidence dominating the boards, getting good scoring opportunities and getting to the line to the tune of a 40-31 halftime advantage over the Hogs.
But the first half didn’t carry over to the second half and LSU was unable to put together the 40 minutes needed to sustain the game. LSU found itself scrambling to cover runouts from misses and the Hogs would begin hitting threes. The Tigers turned the ball over 10 times and Arkansas used a 24-6 run in the first 7:30 of the second half to flip the game and go up 55-46 and it was an advantage LSU could never completely recover from, getting out scored, 47-30, in the final 20 minutes.
Antonio Blakeney and Duop Reath had double doubles and combined for 35 points and 27 rebounds on the night. Blakeney had the second double up of his career with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting with one trey and 12 rebounds, while Reath had his sixth of his season with 14 points on 7-of-16 shooting and 15 rebounds, including six offensive.
Brandon Sampson was the other Tiger in double figures with 12 points.
Arkansas was led by Dusty Hannahs, who had 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-10 three-pointers (four in the second half rally). Also with 17 points was Daryl Macon who was 5-of-11 from the field with two treys and 5-7 at the line. Anton Beard had 11 with 6-of-6 of that coming at the line.
LSU shot 38.8 percent for the game (26-of-67), including 4-of-15 from the arc. The Tigers scored 40 of their points in the paint. Arkansas after making just 10-of-27 in the first half, shot 53.8 percent in the final 20 minutes (14-of-26) with seven treys. For the game the Razorbacks were 24-of-53 for 45.3 percent and 10-of-26 at the arc. Arkansas was 20-of-27 from the free throw line.
The game was tied three times in the first half with LSU using an 8-0 run on an Aaron Epps layup, a bucket by Reath, followed by a dunk by the Australian and a dunk off a Skylar Mays steal that led to a Blakeney dunk on the other end to go up 25-16 with 8:36 in the first half.
The Tigers had another run in the half up 26-19 on a dunk by Reath, one free throw by Blakeney, a layup and then two more free throws by Blakeney to go up 33-19 with 4:13 to play in the half. Arkansas made a run to cut it to seven, 38-31, in the final minute of the half, but Wayde Sims made two free throws to make it 40-31 in favor of LSU.
And for the 80 seconds of the second half, all seemed good for the Tigers despite an opening possession turnover and two missed three-pointers by the Razorbacks. Sampson would hit a three-pointer at the 18:38 mark to push the game back to 11, 42-31. But two Hannahs three-pointers and a Macon trey combined around a blocked LSU shot and two Tiger turnovers cut the game to 42-40, with 17:16 to play.
After an LSU miss, an offensive rebound, and Arkansas foul and an LSU turnover, the Razorbacks tied the game at 42-42 with 16:14 to play.
Blakeney would score back to back layups to give LSU a 46-42 lead but Hannahs busted another three to cut the game to one at 46-45. The teams traded missed shots and out of a timeout, the Tigers turned the ball over and Hannahs had the layin at the 14:09 mark to give Arkansas the lead for good at 47-46.
LSU falls to 9-15 overall and 1-11 in the SEC, while Arkansas remains alive in the big for an NCAA at-large bid at 18-7 and 7-5 in the conference.
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