LSU beats Arkansas with last-second shot

Arkansas fell to LSU 76-74 Saturday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Arkansas' winning streak came to a heartbreaking end Saturday night.

Anton Beard's three at the buzzer was off the mark, preserving LSU's 76-74 win over the Razorbacks at the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

While the Tigers' super freshman Ben Simmons received most of the attention leading up to the game, it was a sophomore that provided the knock-out blow.

Craig Victor's putback layup after a missed three-pointer by Antonio Blakeney with 4.2 seconds left broke a tie and denied Arkansas its fourth straight win and from matching its best five-game start to SEC play in school history.

"We were in position to steal one and unfortunately we had some mishaps, whether it be a turnover or offensive rebounds," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "I thought that was big going down the stretch."

That play was the final bucket in a frantic final 40 seconds that saw the Razorbacks blow two chances to take the lead.

The first chance came with 37 seconds left, when Beard drove to the basket, made a layup and got fouled. He missed the potential go-ahead free throw, though, leaving the game tied at 74-74.

It was initially ruled that the ensuing rebound went out off Moses Kingsley, but the officials went to replay and reversed the call, giving Arkansas the ball.

The Razorbacks didn't do anything with it, as Blakeney stole the ball from Anthlon Bell, who had just caught the inbounds pass.

"If you had told me, 'Hey coach, you've got the ball with 35 seconds with a chance to steal one at LSU would you take it?' I'd say 'Yeah, we would have,'" Anderson said. "We were in position. We just had bad turnover at the wrong time."

On the other end, Arkansas' defense forced Blakeney into a bad shot, but Victor hauled in his 12th rebounds and went up for his 15th and 16th points.

Still, Arkansas was left with time for one final look, but Beard missed a potential game-winning three at the horn.

Though it wasn't the result the Razorbacks were looking for, it was an impressive showing considering they battled foul issues the entire game.

Dusty Hannahs and Jimmy Whitt were limited to six and three minutes, respectively, in the first half after picking up their second fouls. Jabril Durham picked up his fourth foul with 4:15 left in the game and was on the bench for a critical stretch in which LSU extended its lead to five.

Arkansas was whistled for 24 fouls, compared to LSU's 13, leading to a 31-11 free throw attempt discrepancy.

"One disparity I didn't like was all the free throws," Anderson said. "They shot a bunch of free throws and we didn't, and I thought we did a good job of attacking the basket. But that's life on the road."

The Tigers were led by Victor and Simmons, who each scored 16 points and notched double-doubles. Victor had 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots to compliment his scoring, while Simmons had 18 rebounds and 3 assists.

Bell was the top scorer for the Razorbacks, with 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting, including 4 of 7 from behind the three-point line. Since SEC play began, he is shooting 55.3 percent (21 of 38) beyond the arc.

He also came up big for Arkansas in the first half, scoring 14 points while Hannahs and Whitt were on the bench in foul trouble. Riding Bell's scoring, the Razorbacks built a 40-36 halftime lead.

"We just stayed with it," Bell said. "Just locked in on defense and tried to get easy transition buckets. Even in the half court, just try to move the ball around, try to get easy shots, just make the defense work."

The only other players in double figures for Arkansas were Beard and Kingsley, who each had 11 points. Kingsley also had 8 rebounds, 4 blocked shots and 2 steals.

The Razorbacks return to Fayetteville next week, hosting Kentucky at 6 p.m. Thursday.

"It hurts," Bell said. "You come in and try to get a good road win against a good quality team, especially just to lose like that. We know the sun's going to rise and we've got another game coming up.

"We've got to stay with it and get focused for the next one."


-This marks the 18th straight time Arkansas has had a winning streak of three or more games snapped away from Bud Walton Arena, according to

-The Razorbacks are 2-14 against LSU on the road since 2000. They had been 8-1 in the Tigers' Maravich Center before that stretch.

-Simmons was held to just 4 points on 1 of 5 shooting (and 2 of 4 on free throws) in the first half, but had 11 of his rebounds before halftime. He finished with 16 points on 5 of 13 shooting (38.5 percent). It is only the second time LSU has won when Simmons shot below 50 percent from the floor (now 2-4 in such games).

-Simmons also turned the ball over five times. It is the first time the Tigers have won when he commits five or more turnovers, after losing the first three.

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