FAYETTEVILLE - It turns out that number 13 wasn't so unlucky for the Razorbacks after all.
Rotnei Clarke had 25 points and Marshawn Powell 14 as Arkansas downed LSU 80-61 Saturday afternoon in front of 9,653 fans at Bud Walton Arena.
It was the 13th attempt over the past three years for the Razorbacks (15-9, 5-6) to try and get their 15th win of the season.
"I was very proud of the guys," Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said. "I just thought they competed. It is very easy to hang your head and feel sorry for yourself and make excuses. I believe in what is going on and I think they do, too."
"It is easy to make excuses when things aren't going your way, but to come back out and battle and to set your own personal agendas aside, to fight for a common goal," Pelphrey said, "that's a great thing."
Delvon Johnson added nine points and eight rebounds and Jeff Peterson six points and seven of the 12 assists for Arkansas, which had not scored more than 60 points in the three-game losing streak.
Pelphrey thought his team played with a sense of urgency on Saturday.
"I feel like they want to have that all the time," Pelphrey said. "I've been encouraged with the way they practice and with the way they have tried to encourage each other. I had no reason to think to believe they wouldn't come out and compete."
Matt Derenbecker had 13 points Malcolm White 11 and Ralston Turner 10 for the Tigers (10-15, 2-8), who have lost their last eight games.
Their last win was over the Razorbacks 56-53 in Baton Rouge exactly a month earlier.
"There is not a lot to talk about from my perspective," LSU coach Trent Johnson said. "Arkansas was just a lot better, played a lot harder and wanted it lot more than we did…They were a lot better in all phases than we were. Make no mistake about it."
Arkansas shot just 18 percent from the field in the first match-up between the two, but was sizzling to the tune of 54.2 percent field goal shooting in the opening 20 minutes of Saturday's game.
It came in a game where Arkansas was 24-of-50 from the field, 7-of-12 from 3-point range and 25-of-29 from the free throw line.
Clarke was 7-of-10 from the floor (5-of-6 from 3-point range) while Powell was 4-of-5. Both players were 6-of-6 from free throw line.
"I think that we are growing and trying to find ourselves from an offensive standpoint," Pelphrey said. "We execute and we get the ball to the right spots on the floor and sometimes we make those open shots and sometimes we convert those lay-ups, sometimes we convert our free throws.
"We did all that tonight and it was a big difference from what happened at LSU."
The Razorbacks used a 14-2 run over the first half's final five minutes to take a 40-22 lead into the break.
"I thought the first half we were able to do a very good job of rebounding and defending and were able to get a little bit of a lead there," Pelphrey said. "I think it was a really important minute-and-a-half to two minutes to close out the first half. I think it was an eight or nine-point game and went to 18. I think that was important.
Arkansas kept its momentum going after halftime and charged out to a 71-46 lead with 7:25 left before the lead crested at 78-49 with 5:02 left in the game.
All of the Razorback players except the injured Rickey Scott played in a game where Arkansas out-rebounded LSU 30-29.
"The biggest thing I can say is that was a team effort," Pelphrey said. "It's a small thing, but when everybody has got one or two things in their state sheet that really makes a big, big difference in the overall outcome."
Arkansas will step out of SEC play on Wednesday night when it hosts Florida A&M.
Jeff Peterson and Michael Sanchez force LSU's Andre Stringer into one of the Tigers' 17 turnovers.
Rotnei Clarke drops in a pair of his 25 points.
Jeff Peterson had 6 points, 7 of his team's 12 assists and just one turnover in Saturday's game.
Julyssess Nobles pressures LSU's Matt Derenbecker as Marshawn Powell looks on.
Glenn Bryant celebrates making a play.
Delvon Johnson and Malcolm White get the game underway.
John Pelphrey shows some emotion after a play by Sanchez.
Pelphrey yells out and long-time Arkansas trainer Dave England looks on.
Arkansas walk on Kikko Haydar splits a pair of LSU defenders late in the Razorbacks' win.
Photos by Marc F. Henning