LSU 65, Arkansas 52 (Final)

Arkansas stayed with LSU for the first 33 minutes, but couldn't find the range thereafter as the Tigers won in a hardfought hoops contest in Baton Rouge, La.

Arkansas missed 10 straight shots after pulling even at 49 with seven minutes to play as LSU swept the season series with the Razorbacks. The Tigers scored 16 unanswered points before Chuck Tatum hit a three to break that streak with five seconds to play.

Matt Jones led the Hogs with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but did not score again after hitting a rebound basket with 13 minutes to play. Ronnie Brewer added 13 points and six rebounds. No other UA player was in double figures.

Jaime Lloreda scored 18 points with 17 rebounds to lead the Tigers. He helped the Tigers own the glass, 41-34.

LSU's advantage was biggest from the foul line. The Tigers hit 18 of 31 free throws. The Razorbacks were 7 of 13 from the foul line.

After forging a tie at 49 with 7:08 left on Jonathon Modica's runner in the lane, the Hogs missed 10 straight shots with two turnovers. Only once in that stretch did they get more than one chance on a possession. Most of those were open shots, but from long range.

Conversely, LSU got second shots often in the last seven minutes and got to the line several times. The Hogs did not shoot a free throw in the final eight minutes.

Michael Jones had two open 3-point shots -- one of them dipped in and out -- when the Hogs were down by just two points in the six-minute range. Modica also missed two treys and Eric Ferguson missed a couple during that scoring drought to end the game.

LSU led 35-32 at halftime after the lead had gone back and forth for much of the first 20 minutes. There was not a double digit lead until the Tigers went up by 60-49 on a pair of foul shots with 56 seconds to play.

"We came to play, played hard and put ourself in position to win the game," said Stan Heath, UA coach. "It was 49-49 and we had an opportunity to steal one on the road. We had some good looks, but maybe we had lost our legs or we rushed things or were a little hurried. Give LSU credit, they've won a lot of games like this here this year.

"Matt Jones worked hard on the glass for us, but Lloreda was big in this game. We got back in it in the second half with Matt and Rashard Sullivan playing phsyical in our man-to-man against Lloreda and (Brandon) Bass. We couldn't find them in our zone very well. We had to switch to the man.

"At some point maybe strength and bulk won out. We were giving up 30 and 40 pounds inside against those two and they are very physical. That last six minutes, we ran out of gas and couldn't finish it."


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