FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas called on its pressure defense to halt a two-game losing streak as the Razorbacks pressed their way to an 87-70 Southeastern Conference Western Division victory over LSU Saturday.
Arkansas scored 47 points off 33 Tiger turnovers. Most of those turnovers were forced as UA recorded 19 steals, a team high in conference play.
When the Razorbacks had the ball, T.J. Cleveland had a perfect shooting touch while Charles Tatum wasn’t too far behind.
Cleveland was five-of-five from the field, including two three-pointers, and made all seven free throw attempts for a season-high 19 points. Tatum, who led the team with 10 points in Wednesday’s loss at Auburn, scored 14 points on four-of-seven shooting, including three-of-five threes, and was three-of-three at the line.
Cleveland and Tatum also each had a game-high four steals, which matches Tatum’s career high.
The Hogs shot 51.6 percent in the first half in jumping out to a 49-24 halftime lead. LSU (11-12, 1-11) closed within 76-64 with 3:05 to play, but Cleveland nailed four straight free throws and scored nine points in a two-minute stretch before leaving the game.
UA (15-9, 6-6) made 13 threes, another high for conference play, and shot a season-high 85.7 percent at the free-throw line (18-of-21).
Arkansas took 15 more shots than LSU and made eight more field goals. The Tigers hung around by getting to the line 35 times where they made 27 free throws.
Jannero Pargo came off the bench and scored 15 points on five-of-10 shooting and Brandon Dean added 12 points, all in the first half when the Hogs jumped out front.
Brian Beshara had a game-high 23 points for LSU.
Arkansas plays Tuesday at South Carolina in an 8 p.m. ESPN game.