The loss solidified the worst start in SEC play for LSU (7-12, 0-5 SEC) in 36 years and extended the Tigers losing streak to eight games.
Shooting woes once again plagued the Tigers excellent second half defensive effort. Much as the case has been throughout this forgettable season, LSU struggled from the field and behind the arc. LSU shot 29 percent from the field while offering a 19.2 percent (5-26) effort from three-point range.
"From a defensive standpoint and an effort standpoint, it was good enough to put ourselves in position to win the game," LSU coach John Brady said. "It becomes glaring when you can't make baskets.
"The effort is good. Our team played. We just need to somehow get in a position to manufacture points better."
Much to the contrary of the Tigers shooting performance, the Razorbacks (14-5, 3-2 SEC) sizzled the nets all night. Arkansas was lights out from behind the arc, draining 10 of 15 attempts (66.7 percent) and were lead by the solid stroke of senior forward Sonny Weems who had 21 points (19 in the first half), and was a perfect 5-5 from three-point range.
For the Hogs six seniors, it was the first time in their career that they left
"I really believed coming here tonight that this would be our best effort of the year,"
LSU had the lead briefly in the first half. But two of Weems' first 3-pointers put the Razorbacks ahead, 6-5, and started a 12-0 run which all-SEC
The 6-1 Beverley had 14 points and a team high 15 rebounds while playing all but one minute of the contest.
After a basket by LSU freshman forward Anthony Randolph, a field goal by Weems put
After getting the game to 42-34 with an electric run early in the second half, The Tigers season killing monster that is LSU's shooting problems again reared its ugly head. When the Tigers still seemed to be back in the game and whittled the
"I just want to thank all the fans for sticking with us until the end," a disappointed
Marcus Thornton, the team's leading scorer on the season, led the Tigers again with 20 points while shooting 7-20 from the field.
Farrer, putting forth his best overall performance in a Tiger uniform, had 11 points and two assists.
Terry Martin again struggled to find the basket – going 1-9 for two points.
"When you can't make baskets, it becomes glaring," Brady said. "We are missing opportunities around the goal and open shots. We gave ourselves a chance with our second half defensive effort, but our glaring shooting trouble hurt us."