Arkansas upends No. 16 LSU
Fayetteville, AR (Sports Network) – Steven Hill scored 16 points and pulled
down seven rebounds as the Arkansas Razorbacks upset 16th-ranked LSU, 72-52,
at Bud Walton Arena.
Hill finished 8-of-10 from the field while Sonny Weems added 13 points and
Charles Thomas contributed with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Arkansas (13-6,
2-3 SEC), which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Gary Ervin chipped in with 11 points and Darian Townes had 10 for the
Glen Davis had 16 points and eight boards for LSU (13-5, 2-2), which had its
brief two-game winning streak halted.
Terry Martin had 10 points on only 3-of-13 shooting from the field, including
3-of-9 from three-point range in the loss for the Tigers. Garrett Temple also
had nine points and three rebounds.
After a back-and-forth battle that featured several lead changes in the first
six minutes of the contest, Arkansas got a pair of layups from Townes that
spurred a 15-5 Razorbacks run, giving the home team a 24-15 lead with 6:31
left in the first half.
Arkansas held the Tigers at arms length for most of the first half and took a
comfortable 39-26 lead heading into the intermission.
The Razorbacks picked up right where they left off in the first half as Hill
hit a dunk to start the second half and Arkansas maintained a double-digit
lead through most of the stanza.
Hill continued his dominant play in the paint and had an emphatic dunk on a
missed shot by Irvin that brought the Arkansas fans to their feet and giving
the Razorbacks a commanding 59-44 lead with 7:32 left in the game.
“How about Steven Hill today?” Arkansas head coach Stan Heath said. “He’s a
big reason we do so well defensively. Our fans are really appreciative of him.
He is setting the tone for our basketball team. He doesn’t say a whole lot but
he brings it to the court.”
After a Davis free throw got LSU to within 12 with just over seven minutes
remaining, Arkansas went on another run and opened up a 69-51 advantage with
Arkansas leads the all-time series 26-17…LSU swept the series last
year…Patrick Beverly finished with nine points and four assists in the with