After suffering a loss in Baton Rouge to begin SEC play, the Arkansas Razorbacks (14-6, 3-5) retaliated against the LSU Tigers (13-8, 1-7) on Tuesday with a dominant 60- 40 win inside Bud Walton Arena on a snowy night in Fayetteville.
The Tigers only scored 14 points in the first half, and despite bringing the game within 11 points multiple times in the second half, they had no answer for the Hogs. LSU’s 40 points were the lowest total by an Arkansas opponent all season.
Davonte Davis led all scorers with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Three other Hogs were also in double digits – Anthony Black (14), Ricky Council IV (10) and Makhi Mitchell (10).
Arkansas shot 45.1% from the field in the game, while the Tigers made only 25.9% of their shots. The Hogs forced 15 LSU turnovers and rebounded them 36-35.
Here’s a recap of Tuesday’s game, Arkansas’ third win on the conference schedule.
Defense was the theme for the first four minutes of the game, as Arkansas led 6-2 going into the first media timeout. At that point, the Hogs had a steal, two blocks—both from Makhi Mitchell—and LSU shot 0-of-5 from the field.
LSU’s first field goal of the game came at 2:48:48, and it cut the Arkansas lead to two. Just two possessions later, Davis knocked down Arkansas’ first three, putting his team ahead by five.
By the under-12 media timeout, LSU had only two field goals made and the Razorbacks led 15–8. Makhi Mitchell’s second offense of the game resulted in KJ Williams knocking down a trio of free throws at halftime to cut the Arkansas lead to four.
A 9-0 run in the space of two minutes put Arkansas up 24-11 and forced an LSU timeout. The timeout was of no avail, as the Hogs extended their run to 15-0, forcing Tigers head coach Matt McMahon to call for another break.
LSU had no answer for the Hogs and no offense. Arkansas finished the half with a 23–3 run, and those three points were the same number as the Tigers’ field goals scored in the first half.
LSU tied the game with three field goals scored in the first two minutes of the second half. Anthony Black earned his third personal foul at 4:18, and less than 30 seconds later, the Tigers extended their second half start to 13–2, cutting the Arkansas lead to 13.
By the under-12 timeout of the second half, Arkansas was ahead by 13, but it had already matched its total turnovers in the first half (five) to have a game total of 10.
A transition dunk by Trae Hannibal made it an 11-point game and forced the Razorbacks, looking gassed, to call for a timeout at 9:18.
Arkansas went on a 13-5 run, with a trio of alley-oops, then held a comfortable 59-40 lead with 3:23 to play and the fans in Bud Walton Arena hanging out despite the inclement weather.
The last three minutes contained just one free throw from Black, and the Hogs dribbled on the clock to emerge victorious.
Next, the Razorbacks travel to Waco, Texas, for a matchup with the No. 17 Baylor Bears on Saturday in the SEC/Big 12 challenge. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on ESPN.