Antonio Blakeney’s 21 points and 12 rebounds weren’t enough to stop the Tigers from losing a tenth straight basketball game as LSU fell to Arkansas 78-70. Blakeney’s 11 points and 10 rebounds in the first half in helped the Tigers take a lead at the half but could not hold on.
On the upside, Shaquille O'Neal made his first three pointer at LSU as the 1991 SEC Championship team was honored during intermission. However, it started raining down three pointers for Arkansas in the second half as the Razorbacks got their first win in Baton Rouge since 2008 by a final score of 78-70.
Duop Reath added a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds.
The Razorbacks took the 2-0 lead making both free throws. Duop Reath scored on the jam to tie the game at two. Blakeney missed a three, and Hogs took advantage of the miss with a layup on the other side of the court. Brandon Sampson scored for LSU to tie the game at 4, then Reath gave the Tigers the 6-4 lead. Blakeney added a bucket on the next possession pushing the lead to four as a timeout was called on the floor.
The Hogs then scored on back-to-back drives as the lead was now two for LSU. The Tigers took the 13-11 lead before the Hogs sank another trey to get back on top. Skylar Mays and Aaron Epps then got in on the scoring to give LSU the lead back. LSU was on a 12-2 scoring run as the Tigers extended the lead to 25-16 on a Blakeney dunk as a timeout was called with 8:36 in the first half.
Dusty Hannahs began draining three pointers for the Hogs as they took a 47-46 lead. The Hogs then went on a 24-4 run. Brandon Sampson got the steal and drove home for a slam dunk making it a six point game. Blakeney was keeping the Tigers in the contest as LSU trailed 71-62 with 4:46 left on the clock.
Jalyn Patterson scored a trey as a timeout was called with LSU down 76-67 with 2:26 remaining. Reath then made it a seven point game, but the clock struck midnight for the Tigers as they extended their losing streak to ten games. With the loss and the Missouri win over Vanderbilt, LSU is in sole possession of last place in the SEC at 1-11. The team looks to return to the win column Tuesday night in Oxford against Ole Miss.