BATON ROUGE, La. – Letdown? Forget about it.
LSU showed no signs of a letdown from an emotional win over No. 11 Kentucky on Tuesday, taking it to Arkansas from the very beginning in an 88-74 win over the Razorbacks Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The win was the fourth straight time the Tigers have won at home and the fourth win in the last five games as LSU ran its record to 14-6 and 5-3 in the Southeastern Conference, while Arkansas, which had to go with two players who were suspended and did not make the trip to Baton Rouge, fell to 13-8 and 2-6 in the league.
LSU for the second straight game shot over 50 percent from the floor, hitting 35-of-64 shots for 54.7 percent while the Razorbacks were limited to just 32.8 percent (21-of-64). While both teams made seven treys, LSU hit 14 more shots to overcome a 25-of-27 night at the line for the Razorbacks.
LSU again went in the paint to help pound the Razorbacks into submission with a 48-24 advantage, but Arkansas was able to take advantage of LSU’s 14 turnovers with a 23-10 margin on points off turnovers.
That was what allowed Arkansas to cut a second half 20-point lead down to six in the second half before LSU regained control of the game.
Junior Johnny O’Bryant III had 23 points on 11 of 16 shooting, nine rebounds, four assists and one block, while Jordan Mickey had 22 points, 11 rebounds (his sixth double double) on 9 of 17 shooting with two assists and six blocks.
Arkansas was led by Ky Madden with 17 points (8 of 8 at the free throw line), Bobby Portis and Kikko Haydar with 15 each and Coty Clare with 10.
The Razorbacks will return home on Wednesday to face SEC opponent Alabama at Bud Walton Arena, beginning at 7 p.m.