FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas dominated the boards, hit its free throws and got solid performances from Eric Ferguson, Michael Jones and Larry Satchell as the Razorbacks won their first Southeastern Conference game of the year, 73-65, Wednesday over LSU.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak and a 0-3 start in SEC play. The Razorbacks improved to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in the league while LSU dropped to 12-4 and 1-3.
Arkansas had its second-best free throw shooting game of the year, hitting 16 of 21 shots (.762), doubled up the Tigers on the boards, 44-22, and received six of 10 shooting efforts from both Ferguson and Jones.
“I’m really proud of our guys, because it’s so easy to keep your heads down and get down on yourself,” head coach Stan Heath said. “They really stuck together and several of them had a great game. We looked like a completely different team than we did against Auburn and Georgia. We got off to a good start. I think that was the key to the game.”
The Razorbacks, who trailed 38-37 at the half, shot 52.6 percent in the second period and made 13 of 17 free throws (.765) in the second period to rally for the win.
Ferguson and Jones each had 10 points at the half, but Jones’ three-pointer with 15:03 to play tied the game at 44-44. Satchell’s tip-in with 11:36 to play gave the Hogs a 49-46 lead and another three by Jones 30 seconds later pushed the lead to 52-46.
LSU closed within 56-54 on a Ronald Dupree dunk, but Ferguson made a running jumper and Jonathon Modica hit a three from the top of the key for a 61-55 lead with 5:55 to go.
The Tigers cut the margin to 68-61 on an Antonio Hudson three with 3:13 left, but Ferguson made a layup for a nine-point lead and LSU missed four of eight free throws in the final 2:38.
Ferguson finished with a season-high 19 points and was three of five from three-point range. Jones had 16 points and was four of seven on threes. Satchell had season highs of eight points and seven rebounds, and added two blocked shots.
In the first half, Arkansas led 28-20 on a Blake Eddins three-pointer, but Hudson hit a pair of buckets and Jaime Lloreda made two layups to help LSU take a one-point lead at the break.
UA shot 49 percent for the game (24-49) while holding LSU to 39.3 percent. The Hogs were also nine of 19 on threes for a season-best percentage of .474. LSU was just three of 16 on threes (.188) and 18 of 31 at the free throw line (.581).
Eddins finished with five points, four rebounds and a career-high five assists.
Hudson led LSU with 18 points while Torris Bright had 17.
UA travels to Ole Miss on Saturday for a 5 p.m. game to be televised by SEC-TV (Fox Sports Southwest).