Arkansas Takes #12 Tigers Down
BATON ROUGE, La. – Jaylin Williams recorded his third straight double-double and made two key plays down the stretch to lead Arkansas to a 65-58 win over #12 LSU Saturday afternoon at the Maravich Assembly Center.
Arkansas played without head coach Eric Musselman, who had shoulder surgery on Jan. 13, and assistant coach Keith Smart served as the interim head coach.
Williams tallied 11 points and 13 rebounds (his fourth straight double-digit rebounds game) while tying his career-high with three steals.
The Razorbacks were also led by JD Notae, who had a game-high 19 points with four assists and was +18, the only Razorback in double digits.
LSU took its largest lead, 56-48, with a fastbreak dunk with 9:01 left. Arkansas called a timeout and responded with a 10-0 run to lead by two (58-56) at the 3:31 mark. Davonte Davis and Notae each drained 3-pointers in the run with Notae’s triple capping the spurt.
LSU tied the game on another dunk from Fudge with 2:16 remaining. Undaunted, Williams sank his fourth 3-pointer of the season (and 11th of his career). On the ensuing possession, Williams took his fourth charge of the game. Then, still Up three with 22 seconds left, Notae missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Stanley Umude was there for the offensive rebound and putback for a five-point cushion. Au’Diese Toney, who finished with 12 pints, then sealed the win with two free throws with 11 ticks on the clock.
Davis, who had his tooth knocked out when he was fouled in the first half on a fastbreak dunk attempt, tied a career-high with eight rebounds. Umude added six rebounds.
Up next, Arkansas will play back-to-back home games, starting Tuesday (Jan. 18) versus South Carolina. Game time is set for 6 pm on the SEC Network.
FIRST HALF: Arkansas: 31 – LSU: 32
- LSU got off to a 9-2 start to force an early Razorback timeout. Arkansas answered with a 7-2 run to make the score 11-9.
- Arkansas took its first lead, 22=20 lead at 6;59, off two Chris Lykes free throws and led 26-24 at the final media timeout (3:19).
- Arkansas was 0-of-8 from 3-point range but still shot 40.7% from the field.
- Arkansas out-rebounded LSU 20-15 thanks to five boards from Davonte Davis.
- JD Notae led the Hogs with nine first-half points.
- Arkansas committed 10 first-half turnovers and forced LSU into seven.
- Arkansas’ starting lineup was JD Notae – Au’Diese Toney – Stanley Umude – Trey Wade –Jaylin Williams for the first time this season.
- LSU won the opening tip. Arkansas is 4-0 when the opponent controls the tip this season.
- LSU’s Efton Reid scored the game’s first points, a jumper in the lane at 19:37. Arkansas’ first points came from Au’Diese Toney off a JD Notae assist at 18:31.
- Davonte Davis was the first Razorback sub.
- Arkansas is 38-34 all-time versus LSU and 12-8 versus the Tigers in Baton Rouge.
- Arkansas is 15-0 under Eric Musselman when holding its opponents below 60 points.
- LSU was one of the top defensive teams in the nation:
– #5 in scoring defense (56.5 ppg – ARK scored 65)
– #6 in scoring margin (+19.5 – ARK won by 7)
– #1 in FG% defense (.350 – ARK shot 41.8%)
- Arkansas is now 7-9 when playing the #12 team in the country. It was just the team’s second win on the round versus #12 (2-5)
- Arkansas trailed by two (33-31) at halftime. The Hogs are 3-4 in game they have trailed at the half (1-2 on the road) and are 14-21 when trailing at the half in the Eric Musselman era.
- Arkansas was trailing by six (56-50) with five minutes to play. The Razorbacks are 1-5 this season when trailing with five to go and 5-20 in such games in the Eric Musselman era.
- The game was tied (58-58) with two minutes to play. The Razorbacks are 2-5 this season when trailing with two to go and 4-18 in such games in the Eric Musselman era.
- Arkansas is 1-3 this season and 10-8 in the Musselman era when scoring less than 70 points.
- Arkansas dominated the boards and are 10-1 this season when out-rebounding its opponents and 31-4 in such games under Musselman.
- Arkansas only led for 6:48 seconds.
- Arkansas won despite committing a season-high 19 turnovers and dishing out a season-low eight assists.
- After going 0-of-8 from 3-point range in the first half, Arkansas was 5-of-8 from deep in the second.
- Arkansas extends its streak to 1,092 games, the third-longest streak in the NCAA.
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