Tigers hammer hapless Hogs 65-52

The weather may be cold, but John Brady's Tigers are red hot. <br><br> Winners of four in a row, LSU (16-4, 6-3 in SEC) has made fans forget about its prior three game losing skid winning four consecutive SEC contests, most recently a 65-52 win over Arkansas Saturday afternoon in the Maravich Center.

The Razorbacks (11-9, 3-6) entered the game winning only twice in their last 22 road trips. However, Arkansas fought back from an eight-point deficit midway through the second half tying the score at 49-49 with more than seven minutes left when Jonathan Modica banged in a layup.


The Hogs almost did not score again.


LSU rattled off 16 straight points seizing a 65-49 lead before the Razorbacks managed a last second, Charles Tatum three-pointer just before the buzzer to avoid being shutout the last 7:05.


"Down the stretch, Jaime Lloreda does what he does," Brady said. "He gets every rebound. When we have trouble to score a bit, he would just go get the ball and put it back in the goal."


Lloreda, ranked second in the nation in rebounding, pulled down 17 boards along with 18 points. Darrel Mitchell was next with 15 points while Brandon Bass pitched in 14, including a trio of bone-jarring dunks.


LSU, which had struggled mightily on offense against a two-three zone, executed the offensive gameplan Saturday to perfection.


"They were committed to playing a zone the whole first half," Brady said. "Our execution against the zone was good. At the half, we only had four turnovers."


LSU finished with 12 turnovers and outrebounded the Hogs 41-34, winning its sixth game in the last seven meetings with Arkansas.


"We won the rebound battle," Brady said. "Our team was able to get 16 offensive rebounds. That was a key for us, to be able to get to the board offensively."


The Tigers and Razorbacks, after battling through a first half of ties and lead changes before LSU scored the final four points to go up 35-32 at the intermission. LSU had an eight point advantage, 44-36, with 14:57 to go before Arkansas rallied back tying the game with Modica's layup. LSU then scored 16 unanswered points to win its second game by double figures.


"The transition defense was key for us," Brady said. "We gave them two breakaway layups in the first half and I don't think we gave them any in the second half. We didn't put them on the foul line an extraordinary number of times."

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