LSU's Davis Finally Has Reason To Celebrate

FAYETTEVILLE -- Considering how his night had gone, Glen Davis had every reason to let out a hardy yell with seven seconds remaining in LSU's 63-58 win over Arkansas on Wednesday.

It had been a rough two-plus hours for the wisecracking giant who also happens to be arguably the SEC's most dominating big man.

Davis had three of his first four shots blocked by Arkansas center Steven Hill, including one that left LSU's 6-foot-9, 310-pound forward face-down on the Bud Walton Arena floor. The Baton Rouge sophomore also battled foul trouble, double-teams and poor shooting.

It was no surprise then that Davis celebrated with a loud scream after his steal of an Eric Ferguson pass with 7.4 seconds remaining sealed the Tigers' come-from-behind victory in front of a season-high crowd of 18,689.

"Basically, I seized the opportunity," Davis said. "They underestimated my size and my ability to move. I had seen the opportunity there, and I was just going to get a big steal."

It was Davis' only steal of the game, but it gave him more than enough reason to crack jokes afterward despite making only 5-of-19 shots in 29 minutes.

LSU made a conscious effort to get the ball inside to Davis, but he had no luck scoring around the basket early on. He had his first shot blocked by Hill, then got knocked to the floor after having his second attempt rejected.

"It was tough. They were double-teaming me all night," Davis said.

The first four minutes didn't go as Davis had hoped, especially considering Arkansas had struggled to contain Mississippi State's big men in Saturday's 69-67 loss at Starkville.

Davis had three shots blocked by Hill, scored only two points and allowed Arkansas forward Darian Townes to find a rhythm with a pair of turnaround jumpers over him. But Davis' teammates picked up the slack and forced Arkansas to turn its focus away from the paint.

"When he gets double-teamded, we try to take some of the harassment off of him," said LSU forward Tasmin Mitchell, who finished with a game-high 19 points. "He's a dominant big man, and when [opposing teams] triple- and double-team him, we've got to take some of the pressure off of him."

Davis started throwing his weight around in the paint after Hill was forced to take a seat on the bench after getting into foul trouble. The LSU forward finished with 12 points, six points below his season average. But he added 10 rebounds, four assists and the game-saving steal.

Trailing 61-58 with less than 10 seconds remaining, Arkansas tried to push the ball upcourt for a chance to tie the game. But Davis stepped in front of Ferguson's pass around halfcourt, and he celebrated after he was quickly fouled by Ferguson.

"They ended up switching men, and [Davis] made a great defensive play," Arkansas guard Ronnie Brewer said. "The play was not necessarily to get a three, just a good look at the basket."

Davis made sure that didn't happen, and in the process, he gave himself a reason to be heard.

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