"Big Baby" Has Rough Day

FAYETTEVILLE — Glen Davis was booed by the fans and taunted by Arkansas guard Patrick Beverley, who's at least eight inches shorter and 123 pounds lighter than the LSU power forward.

It was one of those types of days for "Big Baby."

Davis was frustrated, making only six shots, missing 10 and constantly being knocked to the floor throughout Saturday's 72-52 loss in front of an announced crowd of 18,976 in Bud Walton Arena.

By the time things were over, the 6-foot-9, 295-pound junior was referring to himself in the third-person and taking more verbal jabs at Beverley.

"(It was) tough, but like I said, it comes with the territory," Davis said. "It's just a given that you're going to have to put pressure and make Glen Davis work for everything. That's the game plan."

Coming into Saturday, Arkansas coach Stan Heath wanted to keep Davis away from the basket and have at least 2 or 3 defenders always near the power forward, who's arguably the Southeastern Conference's premier big man.

The Razorbacks frustrated Davis with their zone defense, forcing him to take 16 shots to score 16 points — 2.7 points below his season average. He also grabbed eight rebounds, but not before getting pushed around in the paint and knocked to the floor on several occasions.

"We wanted to put a lot of pressure on him," said Arkansas center Steven Hill, who earned the edge in the paint. "Whenever he got the ball, we kind of wanted to drop a guard in there and do a lot of stuff. You definitely have to put a body on him."

Hill was among four Arkansas players who guarded Davis around the basket, and LSU's inability to consistently hit the outside shot allowed the Razorbacks to key even more on the SEC's second-leading scorer.

Davis didn't score his first points of the second half until he made a layup and drained a free throw to complete a three-point play that cut Arkansas' lead to 59-47 with 7:11 remaining.

To make matters worse, Davis and Beverley exchanged words throughout the second half, and the two had to be separated with 14:50 left.

Davis, not known for being quiet, kept the war of words going even after the game when he was asked about his exchange with the Arkansas guard.

"He competes, I compete. That's what it's all about," Davis said. "But somethings are not called for as far as talking. You've got to be a grownup out there on the court; you can't be a little boy."

At least on Saturday, Davis wasn't too big for Arkansas to handle.

"There is no doubt, Glen Davis can beat you," Heath said. "... We already know what he can do. He's a hard guy to deal with, and today we did a good job.

"But we've got to play him again."

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