After pouring in a career-high 26 points and carrying LSU to a 65-60 home win Wednesday night over Arkansas, senior guard Charles Carmouche was in the mood to make a statement about the team's postseason aspirations.
"We want to go to the (NCAA) Tournament," proclaimed Carmouche. "We don't want to settle for the NIT."
His coach, Johnny Jones, wasn't overly excited about that public declaration, but the first-year Bayou Bengal sideline boss was impressed by his team's ability to finish, despite losing Johnny O'Bryant for most of the second half to foul trouble and blowing a 22-point lead.
LSU (17-9, 8-7) got 10 points and five assists from Anthony Hickey as well as eight points from Shavon Coleman and seven from Malik Morgan. O'Bryant, who played just 21 minutes, finished with five points and eight rebounds.
Arkansas (17-11, 8-7) did cut it to 62-60 late, on the strength of 17 points from Marshawn Powell and 15 from Mardracus Wade, but the Razorbacks couldn't get any closer as the Tigers withstood the furious late rally from Mike Anderson's troops, who trailed 45-32 at halftime.
Jones' club is now above .500 in the SEC for the first time this season.
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LSU holds on to beat Arkansas
LSU holds on to beat Arkansas 65-60
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