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Arkansas drops LSU in low-scoring SEC affair

Arkansas drops LSU in low-scoring SEC affair

Three points.

That’s how many LSU had in the final 10:38 of the first half against Arkansas on Tuesday night.

It’s a good thing, too, as Arkansas had to hold off a second-half charge from the Tigers to win, 60-40 in from of a pinked-out crowd inside Bud Walton Arena.

Regardless, the victory was most important as Arkansas has captured back-to-back wins for the first time since before Christmas. LSU was the team that started the Hogs’ descent to the bottom of the SEC standings, a descent that’s now over.

LSU’s early collpase was of grand proportions. The Tigers never led, but didn’t go down by double digits until the 8:40 mark after Jordan Walsh made lay-ups on back-to-back possessions giving Arkansas a 13-point lead.

The Hogs would ultimately make seven straight from the floor. LSU made total of three in the entire first 20 minutes as Arkansas took a 22-point lead into the break, 38-14.

Arkansas allwoed LSU back into the game after the break because of five turnovers and a 1-for-9 start from the field in the first eight minutes. That cold stretch dropped to 2-for-12 before Makhi Mitchell’s dunk with just under nine minutes left moved the Razorbacks back ahead by 13, stalling LSU’s rally.

The Hogs would built the lead back 21 points when Devo Davis found Makhi Mitchell for a no-look alley-oop with 4:33 left.

Davis was Arkansas’ best player as he scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and doled out three assists. He was joined in double figures scoring by Mitchell (10), Anthony Black (14) and Ricky Council (10).

The combined 100 points were the lowest total in the history of the series between the two teams, which dates to 1949. Arkansas leads the all-time series, 42-35.

Arkansas will head into a week-long break from SEC play, but travels to Baylor on Saturday for the annual SEC/Big 12 showdown.

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