FAYETTEVILLE, AR (WAFB) - For a team supposedly fighting for an NCAA Tournament spot, the LSU Tigers certainly aren't showing it. The Tigers suffered another crushing defeat Tuesday night in Fayetteville, losing to the Arkansas Razorbacks 85-65 before a rowdy paid crowd of 15,767 in Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks (14-14, 7-8 SEC) led just 34-32 at the half, but shot 63 percent in the second half to blow the game open and sprint way to the victory. The Razorbacks were led by forward Moses Kingsley, who had team highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Kingsley was a major part of his team's domination inside as Arkansas outscored LSU in the paint 48-20.
With the defeat, LSU falls to 16-12 overall and 9-6 in the SEC. It's the Tigers' third loss in a row and second straight to a team that entered the game with a losing record overall and in conference play.
The Tigers played without senior guard Keith Hornsby, who missed the contest with a sports hernia. LSU was also without sophomore forward Aaron Epps, who was left out home with the flu, while sophomore forward Elbert Robinson was a pre-game scratch with an illness.
The Tigers' reserves were totally overmatched, as Arkansas' bench outscored LSU's 32-0.
Freshman star Ben Simmons led all scorers with 23 points, while fellow freshman Antonio Blakeney had 22. However guards Jalyn Patterson and Tim Quarterman both had miserable nights offensively, combining to hit just 3-19 shots from the field, for just nine points.
LSU returns to action this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. when they host Florida in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.