BATON ROUGE, La. – Arkansas fell into a 21-point hole early in the first half and could no recover to drop a 92-76 decision at LSU Wednesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Arkansas scored the first four points of the game, but LSU used an 18-0 run to take a 22-7 lead. After an Arkansas basket by Desi Sills, LSU reeled off an 8-0 run to lead 30-9 with 10:35 left and was in control the rest of the way.
Arkansas showed some fight in the second half, outscoring the Tigers 45-41 in the period thanks to 13 second-half points from Moses Moody and 12 from Sills.
LSU Had five players score in double figures, shot 53.1 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Razorbacks. 46-39. Darius Days and Trendon Watford each recorded a double-double. Days finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Watford had a game-high 23 points and 10 boards.
JD Notae led Arkansas with 22 points with three steals. Moody added 18 and Sills 14. Jaylin Williams had 10 rebounds, seven points and two steals.
Arkansas stays the road face #24 Alabama on Saturday (Jan. 16). Tipoff is set for 2:30 pm (CT) and the game will be televised on SEC Network.
FIRST HALF: Arkansas 31 – LSU 51
- Arkansas scored the first four points of the game, but LSU used a 7-0 run to lead 11-7 at the first media timeout. LSU ultimately used an 18-0 run to take a 22-7 lead.
- After an Arkansas basket by Desi Sills, LSU reeled off an 8-0 run to lead 30-9 with 10:35 left.
- JD Notae spurred a 12-0 run to make the score 44-25 in LSU’s favor.
- Notae had 14 of Arkansas’s 31 first-half points.
SECOND HALF: Arkansas 45 – LSU 41
- Arkansas was more aggressive in the second half. The Razorbacks’ rebound deficit was just two, 24-22, and Arkansas was 13-of-17 at the free throw line (compared to 3-of-3 in the first half).
- Arkansas’ starting lineup was Jalen Tate (G) – Davonte Davis (G) – Moses Moody (G) – Vance Jackson (F) – Connor Vanover (F) for the second straight game.
- Arkansas won the opening tip. The Razorbacks are 7-1 this year when controlling the opening tip.
- Vance Jackson Jr., scored the game’s first points, a put-back at 19:32 off a Moses Moody miss. Arkansas is now 7-2 this year when scoring first.
- For the first time this season, Desi Sills was the first sub for Arkansas.
- Arkansas had a 12-0 run in the first half. This was the first time Arkansas has a double-digit run and lost the game this season.
- Arkansas allowed an 18-0 run. It was the first time an Arkansas opponent had a double-digit run this season.
- Arkansas was down 31 with 6:10 left in the first half. Notae led a 20-6 run, scoring 12 points, into the second half to get Arkansas to within 18 with 19:36 to go.
- Down 24 with 6:25 left in the game, Arkansas used a 13-2 run to make it a 13-point game with 3:09 left in the game.
- Arkansas’ 20-point deficit at halftime was the program’s largest since being down 25 at Auburn (45-20) on Feb. 20, 2018.
- JD Notae (22 points) led the team in scoring for the fourth time this season, tying Moses Moody for the most times leading the team. It was his 18th time to score at least 20 points in a game for his career.
- Moses Moody scored 18 points and had six rebounds, including a team-best five on the offensive end. Moody missed his third free throw attempt in the game, snapping a streak of 13 straight makes. He has had streaks of 15, 12 and now 13 this season.
- Notae and Moody have scored double figures in 12 of 13 games this season. Moody is the only Razorback to make a 3-pointer in all 13 games.
- Jaylin Williams posted his second double-figure rebound game with his 10 at LSU (four offensive). He also had 10 in the season opener.
- Arkansas grabbed 17 offensive rebounds. The Razorbacks were 23rd in the NCAA / 1st in the SEC in offensive rebounds. Arkansas has grabbed double-digit rebounds in 11 of its 13 games and are 9-2 in such games.
- Desi Sills snapped a mini slump by scoring 14 points. He had been held to single digits in each of his previous three games.
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