BATON ROUGE, La. – Junior guard Teddy Gipson scored a career-high 20 points in his home state of Louisiana to help Arkansas pick up its first road victory of the year, 59-52 in a Southeastern Conference Western Division matchup at LSU Saturday.
Gipson hit eight-of-13 shots, including two-of-three three-pointers, and added three rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot as the Razorbacks (12-6) evened their SEC mark at 3-3 with their third straight conference victory.
Arkansas led by eight early in the second half, but LSU (11-6, 1-5) took a 42-39 lead on a Ronald Dupree jumper with 7:18 remaining. Joe Johnson, who scored all 15 of his points in the second half, scored consecutive buckets and Gipson buried a three-pointer as UA regained the lead for good.
The Hogs made seven-of-nine free throws in the final two minutes to secure the win.
The win pushes Arkansas into a second-place tie with Ole Miss in the Western Division.
The 59 points are the fewest Arkansas has scored in a victory since the 56-55 win at Auburn in 1996-97, a span of 140 games. The Razorbacks also won for the first time in seven games this season when having more turnovers (14) than assists (11).
Gipson and Johnson were the only Razorbacks to score in double figures. Charles Tatum hit two three-pointers off the bench for six points and Alonzo Lane added five. Carl Baker had a season-high eight rebounds.
Collis Temple led LSU with 16 points while Dupree had 14.
Arkansas, which won its first road game of the year in five tries, plays at Ole Miss on Wednesday, Jan. 31, in a 7 p.m. game to be televised by Jefferson-Pilot.