Arkansas falls to LSU 88-74 on road

Arkansas fell to LSU 88-74 on Saturday in Baton Rouge at the Maravich Center.

Bobby Portis played what was probably his best road game in the SEC on Saturday against LSU in Baton Rouge.

The Razorbacks fell behind 31-11 in the first half and never led in the game. A Bobby Portis jumper pulled the Hogs within one point, 3-2, with 18:35 left in the first half and that was as close as Arkansas would get in the game. Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson wasn't pleased with how his team played in the first half as they trailed 40-25 at intermission.

“We dug a hole early on in the first half,” Anderson said. “We had to fight to get back in it in the second half.”

Anderson was complimentary of LSU forward Johnny O'Bryant who had 23 points and nine rebounds as well as Jordan Mickey who finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

“LSU has a big guy like Johnny O'Bryant,” Anderson said. “He's a big Hoss. We've got some guys that it's their first time seeing guys like that going at them. Jordan Mickey was just active.”

In the second half, the Razorbacks roared back to pull within six points, 74-68, on a Mardracus Wade 3-point basket with 4:57 remaining in the game. However, LSU then went on a 9-0 run to go up 83-68 with 2:20 left in the game.

“I thought in the second half our guys really settled down and started executing on an offensive standpoint,” Anderson said. “They also racheted it up on defense. Again, it wasn't because of the effort of our guys.”

Arkansas shot 32.8 percent from the field for the game, but Anderson felt like the team wasn't taking bad shots.

“We had great looks,” Anderson said. “We got some inside stuff, some outside stuff, just couldn't hit it.

Anthlon Bell is a guy we depend on to knock shots down and he just couldn't get on track. None of our guys, I think we went like two out of our first 14. The second half was a lot better, I thought we did a better job of executing. We started attacking them, they only had four fouls in the first half.”

Arkansas played the game without junior Alandise Harris and sophomore Michael Qualls. Both were suspended indefinitely by Anderson and didn't make the trip to LSU. In their absence, senior Kikko Haydar stepped up and had 15 points including 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point stripe.

“When adversity takes place you find out a little more about your basketball team,” Anderson said. “Obviously, we've got some members who aren't here, but instead of our guys wallowing in their pitty they came out and fought.

“Kikko, how about that? He left everything out there on the floor. He, Wade and Rickey Scott were very instrumental in us making that run back.”

Rashad Madden led Arkansas with 17 points, Coty Clarke added 10 and Portis had 15 and led the Hogs with five rebounds. Freshman Moses Kingsley had three points, four rebounds and three blocked shots.

Key Numbers

6— Blocked shots for Hogs compared to nine for LSU.

7— Number of 3-point baskets made by each team.

7— Assists by Arkansas while LSU had 22.

8— Steals for Arkansas.

12— Number of rebounding advantage for LSU, 45-33.

13— Offensive rebounds for each team.

14— Turnovers for LSU while the Hogs only had 10.

26.9— Arkansas' 3-point shooting percentage.

92.6— Free throw percentage for Hogs, 25-of-27.

Up Next

Arkansas will return home on Wednesday night to host Alabama at 7 on the SEC Network. Arkansas (13-8, 2-6) hopes to get back on the winning track at home after dropping its last game there to Missouri.

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