FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Playing in front of nearly 30 members from the program’s six Final Four teams and the former President of the United States Bill Clinton, the Arkansas men’s basketball team used a 12-2 run late in the second half and a 10-for-17 performance from three-point land to defeat LSU, 81-70, in front of a crowd of 18,904 on Saturday inside a raucous Bud Walton Arena.
Junior Rashad Madden (@RKMadden00) led the way for the Razorbacks with his fourth 20-point game in SEC play as he combined with senior Coty Clarke (@CTC_4) to score 29 of the Razorbacks’ 44 points in the second half to out-score the Tigers 44-37 in the final frame.
The duo was never more important than during the game-changing 12-2 run that followed a 7-0 LSU spurt. Trailing 57-54 with 10:13 to play, Arkansas’ 12-2 run was finished off by back-to-back three-pointers from Clarke and Madden that resulted in a 66-59 lead with 5:32 remaining.
Over the final five minutes, Madden controlled the pace at the offensive end, as LSU was forced to foul due to facing a three-possession deficit. Madden was the only Razorback to shoot free throws down the stretch, hitting 8-of-10 in the final five minutes to seal a third win in the last four games for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas now stands at 16-9 overall and 5-7 in the SEC, while LSU’s (6-6) SEC record evens at 6-6.
All 16 of Clarke’s points came in the second half after playing just three minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. Freshman Bobby Portis (@BPortisTime) just missed a double-double with 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Michael Qualls (@Mr_WalkOnAir) rounded out the double figure scorers with 12 of his 13 in the first half.
Worthy Of A Hog Call (#WPS) There were plenty of Hog Calls all night, as nearly 30 members of the program’s six Final Four teams were recognized at halftime. Former President Bill Clinton was presented a No. 42 jersey by Arkansas’ all-time winningest head coach Nolan Richardson, as both addressed the crowd to finish off the ceremony. The Arkansas Department of Athletics also announced it will hang banners in 2014-15, commemorating Richardson and 1994 Final Four MVP Corliss Williamson’s No. 34 jersey.
Key(s) To The Contest Led by Madden, Arkansas went 17-of-25 at the free throw line compared to LSU’s 8-of-14 performance. The Razorbacks’ other big advantage came from beyond the arc where it went 10-of-17, while the Tigers knocked down just 25 percent (6-24) from long range.
@RazorbackMBB Quick Hits âž¢ Former President Bill Clinton sat courtside in the second half and was flanked by coach Nolan Richardson, coach Eddie Sutton and Arkansas Director of Athletics Jeff Long. âž¢ Arkansas snapped a four-game losing streak against LSU. âž¢ Arkansas leads the all-time series with LSU, 32-26. âž¢ The Razorbacks are now 13-2 at Bud Walton Arena this season. âž¢ Seventh time this season Arkansas has made double figure threes and the second time in the last three games. âž¢ Madden has now led Arkansas in scoring in eight of 12 SEC contests. âž¢ Madden scored 12 of his 21 points at the free throw line, going 12-of-14. âž¢ Madden has now reached double figures in 19 of the last 22 games. âž¢ Madden has led Arkansas in assists five straight contests. âž¢ Clarke went 3-for-4 from three and is now 21-for-41 all-time in SEC play. âž¢ Clarke has reached double figures in three straight games, his longest streak of the season. âž¢ Clarke added a team-high nine rebounds and four assists, stopping Portis’ six-game streak of leading the way on the glass. âž¢ Portis’ double-digit outing was his 18th of the year and eighth in SEC play. âž¢ Portis has made a three-pointer in three of his last four games.
Coach Anderson Postgame Sound “Today was special. All those Arkansas legends and President Clinton under one roof. That’s a special deal. I think our guys played a great game and are starting to click. In the second half we moved the basketball and showed signs of the team we need to become on the offensive end.”
#Fastest40 Facts âž¢ Arkansas won the turnover battle for the 28th time in its last 29 games, including 24 of 25 this season. âž¢ Razorbacks have now won the turnover battle 77 times in 89 games under coach Anderson. âž¢ The Razorbacks forced LSU into 17 turnovers compared to just 13 assists. âž¢ Arkansas’ 17 assists were its second-most in SEC play. âž¢ Razorbacks finished with a positive assist/turnover ratio for the 22nd time in 25 games, while their opponent has done so just four times.
@RazorbackMBB Postgame Tweetables (140 Characters Or Less) âž¢ #BWA was rocking today as @RazorbackMBB defeated LSU 81-70 in front of former President @BillClinton #WPS âž¢ A lot of legends on the court today during halftime of the @RazorbackMBB win over LSU. All six Final Four teams were recognized #WPS
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Up Next @RazorbackMBB will closeout its two-game homestand on Wednesday when it hosts South Carolina (10-15, 3-9) at 8 p.m. on Comcast Sports Southeast.
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