LSU (14-6, 5-3) carried over momentum from its Kentucky win earlier in the week to Saturday, unleashing a barrage on Arkansas (13-8, 2-6) from the opening tap en route to an 88-74 victory in the PMAC. It was the Tigers' fourth win in their last five games
"I thought we came out very focused tonight and got off to a great start against a very feisty and tough basketball team," LSU coach Johnny Jones said following the ballgame.
For the second straight game Johnny O'Bryant paced the Tigers, putting up 23 points (on 11-of-16 shooting), nine rebounds and four assists.
Joining O'Bryant in a dominant performance for the LSU frontcourt were Jarell Martin, who scored 15 points, and Jordan Mickey, who did it all - registering 22 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.
Arkansas, playing without the suspended Michael Qualls and Alandise Harris, struggled mightily out the gate, making only eight of its 31 shot attempts in the first half. Mike Anderson's Razorbacks finished the contest shooting 33% from the field.
The Hogs were able to cut the deficit to single digits on multiple occasions in the second half, but Arkansas never could truly challenge LSU, which led the majority of the final 20 minutes by 10 points or more.
"When adversity takes place, you are going to find out a little bit more about your basketball team," explained Arkansas coach Mike Anderson. "What I found out tonight is that our guys won't quit. They had a chance to really get buried, and they came out int he second half and really fought against a good LSU team."
LSU blitzes Arkansas, 88-74