Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Arkansas tops LSU in rematch
Arkansas guard Rashad Madden (00) drives to the basket against LSU forward Johnny O'Bryant III (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)
FAYETTEVILLE Ky Madden scored 21 points and Arkansas beat LSU 81-70 Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks used a 12-2 second half run to take control after the Tigers staked a brief lead midway through the second half. Madden and Coty Clarke each hit 3-pointers to ignite a sold out crowd, which included former President Bill Clinton sitting court side.
Arkansas (16-9, 5-7 SEC) led by as many as 10 points in the first half and 37-33 at halftime. LSU fought back after the intermission, taking the lead on Andre Stringer's 3-pointer with 10:57 remaining.
The Tigers led 57-54 after a Johnny O'Bryant basket, but the Razorbacks took over from there. A slam dunk by Alandise Harris began the run and Bobby Portis gave Arkansas the lead with 9:18 remaining on a shot from the baseline.
Clarke scored 16 points and had 9 rebounds, while Portis added 15 points and 8 rebounds. Michael Qualls scored 12 of his 13 points before halftime.
Arkansas hit 10 of 17 attempts from 3-point range.
O'Bryant led LSU (15-9, 6-6) with 20 points and 16 rebounds, but fouled out with 2:55 remaining.
Arkansas avenged an 88-74 loss to the Tigers two weeks earlier in Baton Rouge, La. The Razorbacks will host South Carolina on Wednesday.