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Young's 19 points lift Arkansas past LSU 69-60
ARKANSAS 69, LSU 60
By KURT VOIGT
AP Sports Writer
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Mike Anderson didn't like what he saw
in the first half in the least against LSU.
The Arkansas coach did like the effort and energy in the second
half - with the Razorbacks pulling away for a 69-60 win over the
Tigers on Saturday night.
BJ Young scored 19 points off the bench, and Julysses Nobles
scored 13 of his 15 in the second half as Arkansas improved to
13-0 at home in Bud Walton Arena this season. The Razorbacks
(13-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) shot just 36 percent in the
first half before heating up in the second, connecting on 13 of
24 shots (54 percent) in front of a season-high crowd of 14,800.
"I thought we were pressing a little bit in the first half,"
Anderson said. "I'm not talking about literally pressing, just
talking about wanting to do something so bad. ... I thought in
the second half, it was a better flow, a better rhythm to the
Mardracus Wade added 14 points for Arkansas, which finished 9 of
18 on 3-pointers. Wade was 3 of 4 from behind the arc, while
Nobles was 3 of 5.
Justin Hamilton led LSU (11-6, 1-2) with 20 points, while
Anthony Hicks added 12. The Tigers outrebounded the Razorbacks
46-38 but finished just 24 of 69 (35 percent) from the field.
The loss is the third in four games for LSU, which hit just 3 of
"I thought we did a really good job of competing at a high
level," LSU coach Trent Johnson said. "But against a team like
this, that puts a lot of pressure on you both offensively and
defensively, and (when) you have an opportunity to get open
shots and don't hit them, it's tough."
The win helps Arkansas ease the sting of a loss at Mississippi
on Wednesday. That defeat followed the Razorbacks' stunning
98-88 win over then-No. 15 Mississippi State at home last week,
and dropped them to 0-4 away from home this season.
Arkansas didn't shoot as well against the Tigers as it did in
last week's 57 percent performance against the Bulldogs,
finishing 22 of 52 (42 percent). However, the Razorbacks
continued to thrive off of forcing turnovers.
They entered Saturday leading the SEC in that category, forcing
an average of 18.5 turnovers per game, and they led 30-29 at
halftime against LSU after forcing 10 in the first half.
"It helps a lot," Young said. "We put (the Ole Miss) loss behind
us after we couldn't do anything about it but look forward to
the next game. We wanted to come out in this game with a lot of
The two teams exchanged the lead six times in the half, with
Arkansas' largest lead coming after a 3-pointer by Young put it
up 26-21. The freshman, Arkansas' leading scorer, had nine
points off the bench in the half and hit a free throw with
four-tenths of a second left in the half to give the Razorbacks
the 30-29 lead.
The Tigers overcame the turnovers in the first half and remained
close thanks to a 28-17 rebounding advantage. They then briefly
took a 33-32 lead to open the second half on Andre Stringer's
Ky Madden then hit a jumper to give Arkansas the lead back at
34-32, starting the 9-0 run that gave the Razorbacks the lead
for good. They led by as many as nine, and LSU was unable to cut
the lead to fewer than four points the rest of the way.
The Tigers shot 36 percent in the first half and 33 percent in
the second, unable to find a rhythm against an Arkansas defense
that had 12 steals - including five by Wade. Also, Razorbacks
freshman Hunter Mickelson blocked seven shots.
"I don't know if it was the crowd or pressure," Hamilton said.
"We just didn't make shots that were open."
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