Arkansas 77

(15-7, 4-5 SEC)

LSU 78

(16-6, 8-1 SEC)

    8:00 PM ET, February 8, 2006

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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    ARK 33 4477
    LSU 39 3978

    Top Performers

    Arkansas: J. Modica 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    LSU: D. Mitchell 27 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    LSU 78, Arkansas 77

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Darrel Mitchell had an opportunity for a game-winning shot against Connecticut last month.

    Mitchell missed that 3-point attempt, but on Wednesday against Arkansas he was right on target with another one. Mitchell made his shot with 11.2 seconds remaining to give the Tigers a 78-77 Southeastern Conference victory against the Razorbacks.

    "This was not really redemption because it wasn't against Connecticut," Mitchell said. "But, this was a real big shot and a real big win."

    The game-winning basket from three feet above the top of the key by Mitchell followed a furious comeback by the Razorbacks. Ronnie Brewer made two free throws with 51 seconds remaining to cap a 14-0 run that put Arkansas ahead 77-75.

    On LSU's next possession, Garrett Temple missed a 3-point shot. The Tigers' Glen Davis rebounded, but was tied up by Brewer. Arkansas got possession according to the arrow.

    Freshman Sean McCurdy, who had taken six foul shots all season, was fouled with 24.4 seconds to go. McCurdy, who was inserted into the game when the Razorbacks got possession after the held ball, missed both free throw attempts.

    Tyrus Thomas rebounded the second attempt to set the stage for Mitchell's game-winning basket.

    "I didn't think about taking a two-point shot," Mitchell said. "I came off a screen and Glen's man backed off. I was open so I took it. I felt good coming off the screen and the shot felt good coming out my hand. I knew it was in."

    The Razorbacks, who were out of timeouts, had the last shot. However, Brewer missed a hurried shot inside the circle and Mitchell grabbed the rebound to clinch the victory for LSU.

    "I was trying to get separation from (Temple)," Brewer said. "I pump faked and (Temple) jumped. I tried to step through and I had an open look at the basket. Unfortunately, it didn't fall for us."

    The Tigers (16-6, 8-1), who moved back into a first-place tie with Tennessee in the overall SEC standings, were led by Mitchell with 27 points. Davis contributed 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Thomas scored 11 points.

    "College basketball is something, isn't it?" LSU coach John Brady said. "I thought we had the game won on a couple of different occasions when we had 14-point leads. We made some careless turnovers. For about a six minute stretch, we didn't make the proper decisions to close the game out."

    Brewer had 24 points for Arkansas (15-7, 4-5), whose five SEC losses have been by a total of 13 points. Jonathon Modica scored 20, while Darian Townes and Charles Thomas each had ten.

    "Those kids are hurting," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "That was an incredible effort. I have never experienced games like this where they just go south on you in different ways."

    The Razorbacks took advantage of six consecutive LSU turnovers during their late rally. With Arkansas behind 75-63, Brewer made a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play.

    Following baskets by Thomas and Townes, Brewer tied the score with a basket at the 2:02 mark. Two possessions later, Brewer made the two foul shots that gave the Razorbacks their first and only lead of the game.

    A quick start propelled LSU to its 39-33 halftime lead. The Tigers jumped on top 10-1 in the first 3½ minutes as Arkansas missed its first four field goal attempts and committed two turnovers.

    Mitchell and Temple each made 3-pointers while Davis made a pair of baskets in the lane. The Razorbacks' only point came on a foul shot by Brewer. Arkansas' first field goal was made by Brewer with 16:18 remaining in the first half.

    After going ahead at the outset, LSU nursed its advantage until halftime. On four occasions, the Tigers had a ten-point lead - the last being at 24-14. The Razorbacks reduced their deficit to four points at 28-24 after a 3-pointer by Modica and a field goal by Townes.

    Mitchell then hit a 3-pointer to give LSU a seven-point lead. Modica's third 3-pointer of the half put Arkansas behind by six points at the half.

    Holding a six-point halftime advantage, LSU immediately increased its cushion as it took the Tigers slightly more than two minutes to grab their largest lead of 11 points. Davis and Thomas each made a foul shot.

    Thomas then made a field goal. After a basket by Brewer, Mitchell converted a three-point play to push LSU ahead 46-35 with 17:54 remaining in the game.

    The Razorbacks trailed by nine points following two foul shots by Townes. But, Mitchell responded with a field goal and a 3-pointer to give the Tigers a 60-46 lead with 11:01 to play.

    A 7-0 run, fueled by three LSU turnovers, enabled Arkansas to pull within seven points at 63-56 after a basket by Eric Ferguson. But, the Tigers again answered with field goals by Davis and Ben Voogd to take an 11-point lead.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 77 78
    FG Made-Attempted 27-61 (.443) 33-62 (.532)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-16 (.375) 7-15 (.467)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-22 (.773) 5-11 (.455)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 14

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