Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - LSU traveled to Fayetteville on Tuesday hoping to break their losing streak against
a struggling Arkansas squad, but the Tigers ended up being just the medicine that the Razorbacks needed as the Hogs dominated the Bayou Bengals, 60-40.
The LSU offense continues to sputter horribly. Since SEC play has begun the Tigers have failed to score over 60 points in six of their eight conference games.
No Tigers finished in double figures as KJ Williams and Adam Miller lead the team with nine points each while Trae Hannibal added eight points.
“It’s the conversation no one wants to hear, but I do agree. In the first half, we just couldn’t finish at the rim and the turnovers killed us,” said head coach Matt McMahon. “We have a pretty simple formula that would give us a chance, you saw that some in the second half. We were able to execute and finish some plays, not have the crazy turnovers that led to transition. What that enables you to do is set your defense. When you turn it over 10 times and miss 22 of you 25 shots against an elite transition offensive team, you are in big trouble. Second half, we were able to finish a few plays, make a few shots and set our defense and were pretty effective there in our half court defense.”
The Tigers stunk it up in the first half as they shot 3-25 from the floor for 12%, 0-3 from behind three point land and 8-11 from the charity stripe, as they went into the half traveling the Razorbacks, 38-14.
Matt McMahon managed to light a fire under his players at the break as they began the second half looking like a different team, going on a 15-2 run to pull to within, 40-29 at the 14:55 mark.
But that's as close as the Tigers would get as they began to cool off, allowing the Hogs to retake control and eventually begin to pull away, outscoring LSU, 14-5 over the final 9:03 of the contest.
Our Tigers are now 12-8, 1-7 as the slump continues with no relief in sight.
Next up the Tigers will return home and take a one game break from SEC play, hosting Texas Tech in
the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1:00pm CST.
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