Beshara Shoots Hogs’ Hope for Road Win
BY ANDRES FOCIL
BATON ROUGE, La. – Brian Beshara tallied 23 points while teammate Ronald Dupree earned 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead LSU to a 96-75 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Wednesday night.
Beshara nailed seven of 10 from the field including five three-pointers to lead the Tigers (15-3, 3-3) to only their second win in 17 SEC meetings with the Razorbacks (11-8, 3-3 SEC). In all five LSU players scored in double figures with Stromile Swift, Torris Bright and Lamont Roland earning 16, 13 and 12 points respectively.
Razorback senior Chris Walker was the only Arkansas player to reach double figures with 20 points.
“We just couldn’t hit any baskets tonight,” Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson said. “When you are on the road you have to be able to make some baskets. We had too many cold stretches where we couldn’t buy one. Beshara made some shots for them early and gave them some confidence.”
LSU came out hot putting a quick 20-6 run on the Hogs in the first five minutes of the game. The Tigers inched the lead out to 30-17 before Arkansas posted a 14-1 run to tie the score at 31-31. LSU scored the next five points and took a 45-37 lead into halftime.
Arkansas’ shooting woes early in the second half spoiled any hopes of a road win. The Razorbacks missed their first nine shots and watched the Tigers score the first 14 points of the second half. By the time Brandon Dean hit a trey to stop the cold spell, the Tigers had built a 22-point lead. The Hogs cut it to 19 points on several occasions, but came no closer as LSU cruised to the victory.
The 21-point losing margin tied for the second largest SEC defeat the Razorbacks have suffered since entering the league in 1992. Arkansas lost by 21 points at Mississippi State in the 1995 season.
The Hogs have the weekend off from competition and won’t return to the court until next Wednesday when they travel to Oxford, Miss. to battle the Ole Miss Rebels. The Hogs defeated the Rebels 71-64 earlier this season in Fayetteville. The second game is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Tad Smith Coliseum and will be carried on television by Jefferson-Pilot Sports.
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