Razorbacks Remain Unbeaten At Bud Walton Arena, Knock Off LSU

by Kurt Voigt, The Associated Press  on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 10:28 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Arkansas found the shooting touch it needed in the second half to remain perfect at home.

BJ Young scored 19 points off the bench to lift the Razorbacks to a 69-60 win over LSU Saturday night.

The win improves Arkansas (13-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) to 13-0 at home in Bud Walton Arena this season.

Arkansas led 30-29 at halftime before using a 9-0 run early in the second half to take control. The Razorbacks shot just 36 percent in the first half before heating up in the second, connecting on 13 of 24 shots (54 percent) to secure the win.

Mardracus Wade added 14 points for the Razorbacks, and Julysses Nobles scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half.

Justin Hamilton led the Tigers (11-6, 1-2) with 20 points, while Anthony Hickey added 12.

The win helps Arkansas ease the sting of a loss at Mississippi on Wednesday. That defeat followed the Razorbacks' stunning 98-88 win over then-No. 15 Mississippi State at home last week, and dropped them to 0-4 away from home this season.

Arkansas didn't shoot as well against the Tigers as it did in last week's 57 percent performance against the Bulldogs, finishing 22 of 52 (42 percent). However, the Razorbacks continued to thrive off of forcing turnovers.

They entered Saturday leading the SEC in that category, forcing an average of 18.5 turnovers per game, and they led 30-29 at halftime against LSU after forcing 10 in the first half.

The two teams exchanged the lead six times in the half, with Arkansas' largest lead coming after a 3-pointer by Young put it up 26-21. The freshman, Arkansas' leading scorer, had nine points off the bench in the half and hit a free throw with four-tenths of a second left in the half to give the Razorbacks the 30-29 lead.

The Tigers overcame the turnovers in the first half and remained close thanks to a 28-17 rebounding advantage. They then briefly took a 33-32 lead to open the second half after a 3-pointer by Andre Stringer.

Ky Madden then hit a jumper to give Arkansas the lead back at 34-32, starting the 9-0 run that gave the Razorbacks the lead for good. They led by as many as nine, and LSU was unable to cut the lead to fewer than four points the rest of the way.

Freshmen Devonta Abron had 13 rebounds to lead Arkansas, which hit 9 of 18 3-pointers. Wade was 3 of 4 from behind the arc, while Nobles finished 3 of 5.

LSU hit just 3 of 13 3-pointers and finished 24 of 69 (35 percent) from the field.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

 

 

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