We Didn't Play With 'Any Pride, Any Heart'

BATON ROUGE -- Glen Davis ruined what Arkansas could've called a defining moment, a season-turning stop.

Game tied, less than a minute left Saturday, LSU's Terry Martin clanked a 3-pointer off the rim.

But Martin's 20-footer ended up in the hands of the 6-foot-9, 295-pound junior they call Big Baby in Baton Rouge.

Davis already had dominated the previous four minutes of Arkansas' 71-67 defeat, which dropped the Hogs to 4-6 in the Southeastern Conference.

"He went to a whole other level. We weren't able to stop it," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said.

And the next five seconds in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center defined why the Razorbacks yet again struggled in a conference road game.

Davis strongly dribbled toward the basket and put up a shot. He missed but retrieved a rebound, leaping over a hobbled Steven Hill. He tried again. He missed again. He retrieved again.

On try No. 3, with Hill finally getting some assistance, Davis powered up and scored. He drew a Hill foul and knocked down a free throw that put LSU (14-10, 3-7) up 66-63 with 42 seconds left.

Through it all, one thought occupied his mind.

"A win. That's all I wanted," Davis said. "It's all I saw, all I felt."

Arkansas forward Charles Thomas bluntly called out himself and his teammates after the defeat.

He didn't think the Razorbacks should've trailed 52-42. He didn't think they should've lost the battle of the boards 39-30. He didn't think they should've allowed a career-high 10 offensive rebounds to Davis.

But they did, looking flat at times in falling to 15-9 overall. And, in a solemn voice, Thomas vented.

"It all comes down to pride and heart," Thomas said. "We didn't play with any pride. We didn't play with any heart."

Heath said he understood Thomas' feelings. But he said the outcome was determined more by the increased desire of one player: Davis.

"I'm not disagreeing with what Charles said at all," Heath said. "I just thought there was one particular player that wanted it more than anyone else on the floor."

As Hill seemed bothered by his left hamstring, and grabbed only two rebounds, Heath tried to stop Davis by using every option at his disposal.

But nobody could contain Davis, who had 15 of his 19 points and 11 of his 18 rebounds in the second half -- not Thomas, not Darian Townes, not Michael Washington and, certainly not Hill.

On three occasions, Davis snatched rebounds after LSU free throws.

"In order for us to beat Glen Davis and LSU, we really needed a healthier Steven, and I think it made a real difference in the game," Heath said.

Thomas offered no excuses, however. He just promised, as he has following the Hogs' other devastating road defeats, that they would learn for their next game.

That's on the road as well, at another place the Hogs have trouble, "The Hump" in Starkville.

Plus, Hill sees the season-turning opportunities dwindling.

"We can't afford to lose another game," Hill said. "I think we have six left in the SEC, and we need to win all six."

Why The Tigers Won

LSU shot 51.6 percent in the second half, outrebounded Arkansas 39-30 and received a monster game from Glen Davis (19 points, 18 rebounds).

Why The Razorbacks Lost

Arkansas hit just 4-of-13 from 3-point range, dished out only nine assists and simply didn't appear to want a victory as much as LSU.

Crucial Moments

* Davis rebounded two of his own misses, drew a Steven Hill foul and converted a three-point play that put LSU up 66-63 with 42 seconds left.

* On Arkansas' next possession, Sonny Weems fumbled a handoff from Patrick Beverley, resulting in a Garrett Temple dunk and a 68-63 LSU lead.

* Back-to-back 3-pointers by Gary Ervin gave Arkansas a 63-61 advantage with 2:30 remaining.

That Figures

2 -- Arkansas fast-break points

3 -- 3-pointers by LSU's Terry Martin in the opening four minutes

8 -- Michael Washington points, a career-high

16 -- Points by Gary Ervin, all in the second half

18 -- Career-high tying rebounds by LSU's Glen Davis

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