Roland and 16th Ranked Tigers Sink Hogs’ Upset
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – LSU junior Lamont Roland spoiled any hopes of a Razorback upset by scoring a game-high 23 points to lead the 16th ranked Tigers to a 78-67 win over Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Roland hit eight of 15 from the field and pulled down nine rebounds and six assists to help LSU (21-4, 8-4 SEC) win for the first time in Fayetteville. The Tigers were 0-8 at Fayetteville previously and had never swept the Hogs in a season series. Ronald Dupree came off the bench to score 13 points while Jabari Smith earned 10 points and seven boards in the victory.
Arkansas (13-12, 5-7 SEC) dropped back-to-back home games for the first time since the 1985-86 season, Nolan Richardson’s first season as head coach. Razorback freshman Joe Johnson led the Hogs in scoring with 18 points while senior Chris Walker added 11 and freshman Blake Eddins turned in a career high 10 points.
“We had turnovers at inopportune times,” Richardson said. “Every time it seemed they turned those turnovers into points. LSU played well. The guards were the difference. We did a good job defensing their big guys, but their guards got the basket and finished.”
LSU jumped on the Hogs early building an 11-2 lead in the first four minutes of the contest. The Tigers expanded the lead to 12 points midway through the first half before Arkansas responded with a 19-8 run to close it to a one-point margin. LSU’s Brian Beshara nailed a three-pointer as the clock expired to up the Tigers’ halftime lead to four points at 34-30.
Arkansas tied the game early in the second half and trailed the Tigers by only one with just under 10 minutes to play. LSU responded with a 19-4 streak to build a 16-point margin with three minutes remaining. The Hogs cut it to nine points in the game’s final minute, but LSU made the final margin 11 with a 78-61 victory.
The Razorbacks will conclude their three-game homestand on Wednesday night when they host the Vanderbilt Commodores at Bud Walton Arena. The 7:05 p.m. contest will be televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports.
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