Arkansas downs LSU in front of Clinton
(AP) — Many of Arkansas’ greatest were on hand to honor the school’s six Final Four appearances on Saturday.
Alandise Harris’ thundering one-handed dunk ignited a furious late rally that made the Razorbacks of old feel right at home in an 81-70 win over LSU.
Sparked by Harris’ late flush over Tigers star Johnny O’Bryant, as well as 16 second-half points from Coty Clarke, Arkansas (16-9, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) kept its faint NCAA tournament hopes alive with the much-needed win over the Tigers.
It did so in front of star-studded audience, one that included former President Bill Clinton and coaching greats Eddie Sutton and Nolan Richardson — all who were honored during a halftime ceremony in front of the Bud Walton Arena crowd of 18,904.
“It was electric in this arena today,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. “And there was an obvious reason why. We had a lot of champions here.”
The Razorbacks, who were paced by Ky Madden’s 21 points, led by as many as 10 points in the first half. LSU (15-9, 6-6) rallied in the second half behind O’Bryant, who finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out with 1:55 remaining.
Andre Stringer, who finished with 13 points, gave the Tigers a 55-54 lead with his third 3-pointer — their first lead since the opening minutes of the game. O’Bryant pushed the advantage to 57-54 with an alley-oop dunk off an assist from Stringer, but Harris answered on the other end for Arkansas — and how.