BATON ROUGE – The streak is over.
Coming into the game, LSU had lost six games in a row. The Arkansas Razorbacks helped start that skid by blasting LSU 72-52 on Jan. 20 in Fayetteville.
The Tigers returned the favor
Led by Glen Davis' 19 points and 18
rebounds, LSU enjoyed one of its best offensive outings of the season holding
off Arkansas 71-67 Saturday afternoon at the Pete Maravich Center.
After leading by a single point at
halftime, 28-27, the Tigers (14-10, 3-7 SEC) led by as many as 10 points down
the stretch then withstood a furious rally by the Razorbacks to win by
Arkansas' Gary Ervin hit back-to-back three
pointers inside the final two minutes and gave the Razorbacks (15-9, 4-6) a
brief two-point lead with 2:30 left to play. But the Tigers outscored the Hawgs
10-4 down the stretch, bolstered by a critical three-point play with 42 seconds
remaining to nab LSU's first SEC victory since beating Ole Miss 62-55 on Jan.
Davis' double-double led the way for the
Tigers. But LSU got 16 points from Tasmin Mitchell and Terry Martin poured on 13
more, including a trio of three-pointers. Chris Johnson gave the Tigers an
offensive spark off the bench scoring nine points on 4 of 8 shooting.
LSU shot 46.6-percent (27 of 58)
from the floor and outrebounded the Razorbacks 39-30. The Tigers had 15
offensive rebounds, 10 of which were credited to Davis.
LSU returns to action Wednesday
when they travel to Oxford to meet the Ole Miss Rebels. Tip-off is
set for 7 p.m.
The Tigers bolted out to a quick
7-2. Terry Martin opened the scoring with a three-pointer for a 3-0 and Tasmin
Mitchell and Darnell Lazare scored back to back lay-in baskets in
Martin made it a 12-6 game at the
14:30 mark with his second three-pointer of the game from just in front of the
bench. The Tigers led by a half-dozen, 12-6, going into the first media timeout
with 14:07 left in the first half.
Coming out of the timeout, the
Tigers used excellent ball movement to take a nine point, 15-6 lead on Martin's
third, three-point basket of the first half.
A pair of Glen Davis free throws
gave the Tigers an 11-point, 17-6 advantage, but the Hogs battled back with a
pair of layups and LSU went into the second media timeout with a 17-10
Chris Johnson hit a mid-range
jumper for a 19-10 lead with 10:10 left in the first half. But a Sonny Weems
jumper cut it back to seven 19-12.
After another Johnson jumper got
raised the Tigers' lead to 21-13, Arkansas' Sean McCurdy converted a fastbreak
layup, drew a Ben Voogd foul and turned it into a three-point play for a 21-16
Weems closed the gap even closer
when he a three-pointer from the wing just in front of Brady. At the 4:25 mark,
LSU's lead had been shaved to a mere two points, 21-19.
Arkansas pulled even with the Tigers when
Michael Washington banged in a layup at the 3:47 mark of the first half. Going
into the final media timeout of the first half, it was 21-21.
The Razorbacks took its first lead
of the game when Patrick Beverly sank a pair of free throws for a 23-21 lead
with 3:26 remaining in the opening half.
The teams traded baskets down the
stretch of the first half. LSU found itself in a one-point hole with :22.2
seconds left before halftime. Glen Davis took an off-balance, baseline, fade
away jumper which clanged off the rim. Martin was Johnny-on-the-spot with the
putback layup giving LSU a 28-27 lead at the break.
The Tigers led 28-27 at
Davis converted his second field of the game
early in the second half when he banged in a layup and drew the foul. Davis converted the
three-point play as LSU took a 33-27 advantage with 17:18 left to play in the
Chares Thomas outmuscled Davis in the paint for an
easy two and Weems followed it up with another layup as the Hawgs cut the Tigers
lead to 35-33. But Mitchell slashed to the hoop to answer Arkansas's mini-run as
LSU headed into the first media timeout of the second half leading
Johnson checked in for a bloody
Davis at the
15-minute mark and immediately made an impact. Shooting over Darian Townes,
Johnson knocked down a patented mid-range jumper and drew the foul. The 6-11,
sophomore drained the free throw completing the three-point play for a 40-34
After a pair of Beverly free throws,
Mitchell nailed a brilliant baseline jumper for a 42-36 LSU lead with 13:31 to
go in the second half.
Beverly sank a pair of free throws
then stole the inbounds pass from Voogd and put it back up turning a six-point
deficit to a mere two points with the Tigers clutching a 42-40 lead.
Johnson then got a run-out dunk
pushing the lead back to four, 44-40 with 12:45 left to play. But Johnson gave
it back on the other end when he was whistled for goal tending, which gave the
Hawgs two points and LSU's lead again shrunk to two, 44-42.
Davis made an acrobatic move in the paint,
sidestepping Thomas and hit a running hook shot for a 46-42 LSU lead heading
into an official timeout at the 11:46 mark.
A no-look pass from Davis to a wide-open Voogd
under the goal resulted in an easy layup and a six-point, 48-42 lead with 10:35
left to play.
On LSU's next possession, Mitchell
knocked down another baseline jump shot raising the Tigers advantage to eight
points, 50-42 at the 10:07 mark.
Davis made it a 10-point LSU lead when he grabbed a loose
ball over Arkansas' 7-0 center Steven Hill and shot a
baby hook for a 52-42 lead with 9:21 left to play in regulation.
Thomas hit a spinning layup in the
paint after an apparent traveling no-call as the Razorbacks cut the Tigers' lead
to six-point lead 52-46 with 7:50 left to play. Gary Ervin then picked Davis' pocket, drove the
length of the court and somehow converted an out-of-control layup and drew the
foul. He then sank the free throw, finishing off the three-point play closing
the gap to a mere three points. With 7:36 left to play, LSU clung to a 52-49
Davis got it back to five, 54-49, when he sank
a jump shot from the right corner, but Ervin answered with a layup and with 6:20
to go it was again a three-point game.
Thomas got fouled on a jump shot
drew kind iron and fell in. He then sank the free throw for the three-point play
trimmed the LSU advantage to two points 56-54 with 5:15 left in
But Temple answered Thomas three-point conversion
with a three-pointer from the left wing just as the shot clock expired giving
LSU a 59-54 lead with 4:48 to play.
Davis took an ill-advised three-pointer from
the top of the key with 30-plus seconds remaining on the shot clock with just
over four minutes left to play. The ball bounded off the side of the iron and
into the awaiting arms of Thomas, who advanced the ball up the floor to Weems.
Weems, however, did not miss the trey hitting it from the right wing and again
the Hawgs made it a two-point LSU lead, 59-57.
Two Davis free throws gave LSU a four-point lead
with 3:45 up 61-57. But Ervin answered with a dagger in the heart with a
three-pointer from the corner and the Hawgs had shaved the lead to a single
Ervin finally got Arkansas the lead when he
buried another three-point basket from in front of the Hawgs bench. With 2:15
left to play, Arkansas led 63-61.
But Mitchell wasn't going to let
LSU go quietly when he hit a jump shot with just under two minutes left in the
game. The Tigers then called a timeout and with 1:39 left in regulation, the
score was tied 63-63.
After two offensive rebounds and
taking a severe pounding in the paint, Davis
finally pounded in a layup and drew the foul from Arkansas' Steven Hill.
with a bellowing howl, and then sank the free throw for a 66-63 lead with :42.8
seconds left in the contest.
Temple picked Ervin's pocket and gave the
Tigers some insurance with a run-out, one handed dunk and a 68-63 lead with 28
seconds left in the game. Arkansas scurried to call a
Beverly and the Razorbacks worked the ball
quickly up the floor and with :20.1 second remaining Ervin got a quick layup and
Davis was fouled on the inbound pass and sank
one of two free throws as LSU stretched its lead to four points, up 69-65 with
17 seconds remaining. But Beverly again got the ball down the floor
quickly and found Thomas who got a quick layup and called the Hawgs final
timeout trailing 69-67 with 8.2 seconds left on the clock.
Martin drew the foul on the
inbound pass and iced the game with a pair of free throws giving the Tigers the