Razorback MBB Blows Past LSU 81-70

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Playing in front of nearly 30 members from the program's six Final Four teams and the former President of the United States Bill Clinton, the Arkansas men's basketball team used a 12-2 run late in the second half and a 10-for-17 performance from three-point land to defeat LSU, 81-70, in front of a crowd of 18,904 on Saturday inside a raucous Bud Walton Arena.{}

Junior Rashad Madden (@RKMadden00) led the way for the Razorbacks with his fourth 20-point game in SEC play as he combined with senior Coty Clarke (@CTC_4) to score 29 of the Razorbacks' 44 points in the second half to out-score the Tigers 44-37 in the final frame.{}

The duo was never more important than during the game-changing 12-2 run that followed a 7-0 LSU spurt. Trailing 57-54 with 10:13 to play, Arkansas' 12-2 run was finished off by back-to-back three-pointers from Clarke and Madden that resulted in a 66-59 lead with 5:32 remaining.{}

Over the final five minutes, Madden controlled the pace at the offensive end, as LSU was forced to foul due to facing a three-possession deficit. Madden was the only Razorback to shoot free throws down the stretch, hitting 8-of-10 in the final five minutes to seal a third win in the last four games for the Razorbacks.{}

Arkansas now stands at 16-9 overall and 5-7 in the SEC, while LSU's (6-6) SEC record evens at 6-6.

All 16 of Clarke's points came in the second half after playing just three minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. Freshman Bobby Portis (@BPortisTime) just missed a double-double with 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Michael Qualls (@Mr_WalkOnAir) rounded out the double figure scorers with 12 of his 13 in the first half.{}

Worthy Of A Hog Call (#WPS)There were plenty of Hog Calls all night, as nearly 30 members of the program's six Final Four teams were recognized at halftime. Former President Bill Clinton was presented a No. 42 jersey by Arkansas' all-time winningest head coach Nolan Richardson, as both addressed the crowd to finish off the ceremony. The Arkansas Department of Athletics also announced it will hang banners in 2014-15, commemorating Richardson and 1994 Final Four MVP Corliss Williamson's No. 34 jersey.{}

Key(s) To The ContestLed by Madden, Arkansas went 17-of-25 at the free throw line compared to LSU's 8-of-14 performance. The Razorbacks' other big advantage came from beyond the arc where it went 10-of-17, while the Tigers knocked down just 25 percent (6-24) from long range.{}

@RazorbackMBB Quick Hits{}?Former President Bill Clinton sat courtside in the second half and was flanked by coach NolanRichardson, coach Eddie Sutton and Arkansas Director of Athletics Jeff Long. ?Arkansas snapped a four-game losing streak against LSU. ?Arkansas leads the all-time series with LSU, 32-26.?The Razorbacks are now 13-2 at Bud Walton Arena this season.?Seventh time this season Arkansas has made double figure threes and the second time in the lastthree games.?Madden has now led Arkansas in scoring in eight of 12 SEC contests.?Madden scored 12 of his 21 points at the free throw line, going 12-of-14. ?Madden has now reached double figures in 19 of the last 22 games.?Madden has led Arkansas in assists five straight contests.?Clarke went 3-for-4 from three and is now 21-for-41 all-time in SEC play. ?Clarke has reached double figures in three straight games, his longest streak of the season. ?Clarke added a team-high nine rebounds and four assists, stopping Portis' six-game streak ofleading the way on the glass.?Portis' double-digit outing was his 18th of the year and eighth in SEC play. ?Portis has made a three-pointer in three of his last four games.

Coach Anderson Postgame Sound"Today was special. All those Arkansas legends and President Clinton under one roof. That's a special deal. I think our guys played a great game and are starting to click. In the second half we moved the basketball and showed signs of the team we need to become on the offensive end."{}

#Fastest40 Facts{}?Arkansas won the turnover battle for the 28th time in its last 29 games, including 24 of 25 thisseason.?Razorbacks have now won the turnover battle 77 times in 89 games under coach Anderson.?The Razorbacks forced LSU into 17 turnovers compared to just 13 assists. ?Arkansas' 17 assists were its second-most in SEC play.?Razorbacks finished with a positive assist/turnover ratio for the 22nd time in 25 games, while theiropponent has done so just four times.

@RazorbackMBB Postgame Tweetables (140 Characters Or Less)?#BWA was rocking today as @RazorbackMBB defeated LSU 81-70 in front of former President @BillClinton #WPS?A lot of legends on the court today during halftime of the @RazorbackMBB win over LSU. All sixFinal Four teams were recognized #WPS

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Up Next@RazorbackMBB will closeout its two-game homestand on Wednesday when it hosts South Carolina (10-15, 3-9) at 8 p.m. on Comcast Sports Southeast.{}

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