LSU falls to Arkansas on the road

LSU Men’s Basketball (20-10, 11-6)

LSU falls to Arkansas on the road
LSU head coach Will Wade (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB-TV)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (WAFB) - The LSU men’s basketball team was on the road in Fayetteville to face Arkansas for the final road game of the season and it wasn’t pretty.

The Tigers (20-10, 11-6) were dominated by the Razorbacks (19-11, 7-10 SEC) for most of the game before a second half surge in a 99-90 loss on Wednesday, March 4 at the Bud Walton Arena.

Skylar Mays led LSU once again with 28 points and six assists. Emmitt Williams added 16 points off the bench. Javonte Smart and Trendon Watford both chipped in 14 points. Smart also grabbed seven rebounds.

The Tigers trailed by 21 points at halftime and their deficit got to as many as 23 in the second half before they clawed back. They got the score down to a seven-point difference four times in the last 2:00 but could get no closer.

Guard Mason Jones led Arkansas with 36 points. Jimmy Whitt Jr. recorded a double-double with 26 points and 15 rebounds.

The Tigers committed 35 fouls and were hit with two technicals in the first half.

LSU won the first meeting 79-77 against Arkansas in Baton Rouge on Jan. 8. In that game, there were three 3-point plays in the final 32 seconds. The final point by Trendon Watford with eight seconds left was the difference in the game.

LSU now finds itself in a three-way tie with Auburn and Florida. On Wednesday, Auburn fell 78-75 to Texas A&M and Florida topped Georgia, 68-54, to leave the trio sitting at 11-6 in SEC play.

If the three teams remain tied after the weekend games, LSU would be the No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament. Florida would be No. 2 after splitting the series with LSU and beating Auburn, which would be No. 3 after beating LSU in the head-to-head matchup.

LSU hosts Georgia on Saturday at 1 p.m. Florida hosts Kentucky, while Auburn travels to Tennessee.

Kentucky has the No. 1 spot in the league at 14-3.

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