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Arkansas uses late defense up upset No. 12 LSU

Field Level Media
16 Jan 2022, 07:55 GMT+10

JD Notae scored 19 points and contributed to a stifling defensive performance late in the game as visiting Arkansas pulled off a 65-58 upset victory over No. 12 LSU on Saturday at Baton Rouge, La.

Au'Diese Tony added 12 points and Jaylin Williams had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Razorbacks (12-5, 3-2 SEC), who held the Tigers (15-2, 3-2) to two points in the final nine minutes.

Eric Gaines scored 14 points, while Tari Eason and Alex Fudge scored 13 each to lead the Tigers. Second-leading scorer Darius Days, whjo entered with 14.7 points per game for the Tigers, had three points on 1 of 8 shooting.

Arkansas coach Eric Musselman missed the game while recovering from shoulder surgery. Assistant coach and Baton Rouge native Keith Smart was acting head coach for the Razorbacks.

Musselman is expected to miss at least one more game. The Razorbacks face South Carolina on Tuesday at Fayetteville, Ark.

Notae scored the Razorbacks' first five points of the second half to give them a 36-35 lead. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Efton Reid and Gaines gave LSU a 41-36 lead with 17:10 remaining.

Stanley Umude made a 3-pointer for the Razorbacks before Days got his first points of the game of a layup that gave LSU a 43-39 lead with 15:22 to play.

Arkansas tied the score twice before Eason scored four points to help the Tigers take a 56-48 lead with 9:01 remaining before their offense went cold.

Notae's 3-pointer with 3:35 remaining completed a 10-0 run that gave Arkansas a 58-56 lead. Fudge's basket ended a 6:45 scoring drought for the Tigers and tied the score at 58-all.

Jaylin Williams' 3-pointer broke the tie with 1:14 left and Stanley Umude added a put-back with 17 seconds left to seal the victory.

The Razorbacks took their first lead 13 minutes into the game at 22-20 on two free throws by Chris Lykes. The score changed hands three times and was tied twice before the Tigers took a 33-31 halftime lead.

--Field Level Media

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