Razorbacks Beat Down LSU for 5th Straight Win
2/11/2010 2:02 AM
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Courtney Fortson and Rotnei Clarke scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, to lead the Arkansas Razorback men’s basketball team to an 87-62 win over the LSU Tigers in Southeastern Conference action at Bud Walton Arena on Wednesday night. Arkansas’ victory ensures that that the Razorbacks remain on top of the SEC West standings.
Arkansas (13-11, 6-3 SEC) shot 47.5 percent for the game to defeat the Tigers by 35 points, its third-largest margin of victory over an SEC opponent in school history. The win is also Arkansas’ fifth straight which is tied for the fourth-longest SEC winning streak in the Razorbacks’ 18 years in the league. LSU (9-15, 0-10 SEC) drops its 11th straight game of the year.
The Razorbacks jumped out to a 10-0 lead thanks to a pair of three-point baskets by Clarke and Fortson prompting LSU to take a quick timeout at 17:21. The Razorbacks maintained a 10-point lead 12-2 before the Tigers came back with seven unanswered points to make it a 12-9 contest and rile up the Razorback faithful.
Arkansas would rebuild its lead to 10 with the clock under the nine-minute mark with good defense and solid rebounding. The Razorbacks held a seven rebound advantage at their second 10-point lead and entered the break with a 22-point lead, 43-21. The halftime lead is Arkansas’ first at the break in 10 SEC games this season and the first since the Missouri State game on Dec. 22.
The Razorback defense was a major factor in their first-half success as it forced 10 LSU turnovers and grabbed eight steals. The Tigers shot just 30 percent in the half as the Razorbacks hit for 40.
Arkansas came out in the second half with the same fire that led to its big lead in the opening moments and outscored the Tigers 9-2 in the opening two minutes. The Razorbacks’ lead never dipped below 20 as they controlled the action throughout the remainder of the game.
The team’s pressure defense led to 17 LSU turnovers which Arkansas translated into 27 points. The Razorbacks also came away with 13 steals, their second-highest total of the season. Arkansas’ control of the game showed up all over the box score, outrebounding its opponent, 40-29, and pouring in 33 bench points compared to seven by the Tigers.
The Razorbacks built their largest lead of the night, a 37-point cushion, after a three-point basket by Julysses Nobles with 2:24 left in the game.
Jemal Farmer rounded out the trio of Razorback double-figure scorers with 11 points, his high during the conference season. Marshawn Powell added nine points and Mike Washington chipped in eight points and eight rebounds.
The Razorbacks go on the road to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for their next contest, a Saturday afternoon game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. For more information regarding Razorback men’s basketball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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