What we learned in Arkansas' 78-70 win over LSU

LSU raced out to a big first-half lead but Arkansas had a strong second half and took down the Tigers 78-70, sending LSU to its 11th consecutive loss.

Blakeney had just the second double-double of his career with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Duop Reath also scored 10 in the first half with five rebounds, but finished with just 14 points along with 15 rebounds. LSU climbed to an eight point lead before the Razorbacks proceeded to sink five of their next six attempts to bring it to a one-point game. Only senior Alecia Cooley cracked double digits with 10 points for Arkansas.

As soon as the second half began, though, Arkansas began to take over, quickly drawing within 42-40 in the opening minutes, then taking a 62-52 lead with 10 minutes to play in the game.

It wasn't the best game played by the Razorbacks this season but it was a win that Arkansas desperately needed.

The Tigers trailed by 25 points at the 8:47 mark of the second half but were propelled by a 57.1% shooting percentage in the second half including a 44.4% clip from beyond the arc to close the gap and give them a chance on the road. Arkansas started the game competitive but from the 10:39 mark in the first half, LSU led the way at the halftime. The Razorbacks are ranked 13th out of 14 teams in the conference and have lost their last five games, including one against the Tigers on January 23.

Kingsley had just two points on a pair of free throws and three rebounds, while leading scorer Dusty Hannahs, who came in averaging 14.6 points, had just three. The Razorbacks moved back into a 4th place tie with Alabama in the SEC after the Tide lost 67-58 at home to Kentucky. We came out in the second half as though we were a team which was satisfied with what they were in the first half. In the second half, we needed to play a great half to secure victory. We did not play tough enough to put ourselves in the position to secure victory. "Especially the last couple of ballgames, I think we're allowing people to do what they want to do".

"I thought we did a good job in the first half", Jones said.

Coming out into the second half, the Hogs were down 31 to 42.

  • Larry Hoffman