NCAAB Game Recap - Louisiana State at Arkansas
Wed Mar 4, 2020 7:00 PM EST

StFNY
58
RobM
59
F
TCU
66
Kansas
75
F
Bry
61
StFPA
87
F
MtStM
59
SacHr
61
F
Dayt
84
URI
57
F
FaDi
72
LIU
73
F
MorSt
67
TNSt
74
F(OT)
Wyo
80
ColSt
74
F
JacSt
61
E IL
67
F
SJSU
66
NM
79
F
FlaSt
73
ND
71
F
AF
77
Fres
70
F
Vill
79
Seton
77
F
GTown
76
Crei
91
F
TexAM
78
Aub
75
F
UVA
46
Mia-FL
44
F
NW
48
Wisc
63
F
Xav
74
Prov
80
F
TexSA
59
OlDom
84
F
N TX
43
Charl
56
F
FlAtl
82
Marsh
94
F
Tuls
61
Temp
51
F
SMU
58
UCF
61
F
Ford
63
GrgWas
52
F
StJon
55
Butl
77
F
LSU
90
Ark
99
F
Clem
58
VaTec
70
F
StJos
73
StBon
89
F
Niag
55
Sien
77
F
Manh
59
Rider
71
F
Fairf
45
Monm
69
F
Canis
85
Maris
69
F
UMass
75
LaSal
64
F
Quin
69
Iona
68
F
Minn
67
Ind
72
F
Fla
68
UGA
54
F
StLou
69
GMas
57
F
UTEP
60
MidTN
56
F
FlInt
73
LaTec
76
F
NOrl
73
NWSt
95
F
Rice
72
SoMis
57
F
HBU
88
InWor
76
F
SamH
60
TXAMC
71
F
CenAR
65
SeLA
69
F
McNee
56
Nich
80
F
KansSt
63
OkSt
69
F
Pitt
57
GaTec
73
F
Mizzu
67
Miss
75
F
CSNor
72
UCIrv
70
F

Mar 4, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Louisiana State (20-10)

34

56

90

Arkansas (19-11)

55

44

99

Arkansas beats LSU to keep NCAA Tournament hopes alive
Wed Mar 4, 2020 10:18 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Mason Jones scored 36 points - 20 in the first half - and Arkansas kept its slender NCAA Tournament hopes alive with a 99-90 win over LSU on Wednesday.

Arkansas (19-11, 7-10 SEC) led 55-34 at halftime and had three players score in double figures by intermission. Jimmy Whitt Jr., Desi Sills and Isaiah Joe joined him atop the box score with 26, 13 and 11 points respectively. Ethan Henderson added 10.

"Offensively, by far the best we've played," Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said. "We finished the season at home the way we should. We knew we had to win tonight, for sure."

Arkansas established its first-half cushion thanks to 16 LSU personal fouls and two technicals. The Razorbacks outscored LSU (20-10, 11-6) by nine from the line and scored 11 points off seven Tigers turnovers while giving the ball away just once in that span. LSU finished with 34 fouls, leading to a 36 for 54 night at the stripe for Arkansas.

"Statistically speaking, you wouldn't believe it tonight, we foul the least in the SEC," LSU coach Will Wade said. "The one thing we hadn't done all year is foul. That's the way it goes. We fouled jump shooters, we fouled them inside. Really hurt us."

LSU pulled as close as seven in the final two minutes, going 5 of 6 from the field during a late stretch, before Arkansas sealed with game with free throws.

Skylar Mays led the Tigers with 28 points, Emmitt Williams scored 16 and Javonte Smart and Trendon Watford each scored 14.

NEARING ALL-TIME STATUS

Jones, a junior, scored 30-or-more points for the eighth time season. One more such game will tie him with Todd Day (1988-92) for the second most such games in Arkansas history. Two more would tie the all-time leader, Martin Terry (1971-73).

THE FINAL GAME

Whitt played his final game regular-season game at Bud Walton Arena on Wednesday. He started his college career at Arkansas before transferring to SMU after his first season, then transferred, as a graduate, back to Arkansas. He added 15 rebounds and five assists to his 26 points against LSU.

BIG PICTURE

LSU had already clinched a first-round bye in next week's SEC Tournament by virtue of a guaranteed top-four finish in league play. The Tigers could finish as high as the second seed with a win in their finale coupled with an Auburn loss.

A win over LSU was practically required to keep Arkansas in the conversation for the NCAA Tournament. The only team to ever reach the tournament while finishing two games below .500 in SEC play was Georgia in 2008, which won the SEC Tournament despite a 4-12 record in the regular season.

UP NEXT

LSU hosts Georgia on Saturday to end its regular season.

Arkansas travels to College Station, Texas to end the regular season Saturday against Texas A&M. The Razorbacks beat Texas A&M in Fayetteville, Arkansas, 69-59, on January 4.

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Leaders

Louisiana State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Hyatt 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Cooper 0 0 0 4 0 1
Arkansas PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Harris 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Cylla 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

LSU Ark
Points For 90 99
Field Goals 31/70-44% 28/56-50%
Three Pointers 11/27-41% 7/21-33%
Free Throws 17/23-74% 36/54-67%
Offensive Rebounds 10 6
Defensive Rebounds 30 29
Rebounds 42 38
Blocks 3 3
Steals 3 4
Turnovers 10 5
Personal Fouls 35 15
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 8 Ark 77 @ LSU 79 J. Harris 2 C. Manning 2
Wed Mar 4 LSU 90 @ Ark 99 M. Graves 3 A. Bailey 1

Game Information

Stadium: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Attendance: 15,169
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