BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- It was business as usual for Jaime
Lloreda had 18 points and 17 rebounds as LSU beat Arkansas
65-52. In 19 games this season, Lloreda has scored in double
figures 18 times and has had 14 with double-figure rebounds.
"I don't think people know how good he is because he isn't
flashy," LSU coach John Brady said. "He's just a guy who comes to
work with his lunch box every day and does everything we ask him to
It was the fourth straight victory for LSU (16-4, 6-3
Southeastern Conference), which has now beaten Arkansas four times
in a row, including the series sweep this season. The Tigers have
won six of the last seven meetings against the Razorbacks.
Arkansas (11-9, 3-6) is now 0-5 on the road in the SEC and 2-21
on the road overall the last three seasons.
"I just figured when they got close that we needed to play
great defense," said LSU forward Darrel Mitchell. "Our defense
really came through for us today."
Mitchell scored 15 for LSU and Brandon Bass had 14. Mitchell,
who made 3-of-4 3-pointers, was the only LSU player to make a
basket from that distance. The Tigers were 3-9 from 3-point range.
The Razorbacks shot 34.5 percent from the field (19-55), only 26
percent in the second half and were 7-for-23 from 3-point range.
Arkansas went scoreless for five minutes early in the second half:
Matt Jones sank a jumper 59 seconds into the half and Arkansas did
not get another point until Jones' layup with 14:38 remaining cut
the Tigers' lead to 44-38.
LSU could not take advantage of the Razorbacks' shooting
trouble, however. The Tigers, who shot 60 percent from the field in
their last game, shot 45.8 percent (22-48) percent against
Arkansas. The Tigers needed the 18 points (18-31) they made from
the foul line.
LSU went up by seven, 46-39, on Regis Koundjia's basket with
12:51 left, only to watch Arkansas come back. Jonathon Modica's
layup with 7:05 left made it 49-49. Arkansas would not score again
until 5 seconds were left and the game was decided.
"Late in the game it was 49-all and I felt like we had an
opportunity to steal one here on the road," Arkansas coach Stan
Heath said. "We had some good looks. But the same shots that were
falling in the first half didn't fall late in the game."
LSU had a 13-3 run down the stretch while the Razorbacks missed
10 straight shots.
The Tigers outrebounded Arkansas 41-34.
"When we went to the locker room coach was complaining about
it," Lloreda said of LSU's rebounding. "We were up by eight, but
they had seven offensive rebounds and it was something we were not
doing well. I was told I had to go for every ball."
LSU trailed Arkansas most of the first half, but was never down
by more than four points. The Tigers took the lead for the final
time on a dunk by Bass with 1:49 left. Bass made it 34-32 by
sinking a free throw and LSU led 35-32 at the break.
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