FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Behind a season-high 24 point performance by Moses Kingsley, the Arkansas men’s basketball team (15-4, 4-3 SEC) defeated the LSU Tigers (9-9, 1-5 SEC) Saturday night 99-86 inside Bud Walton Arena for its third straight win.
Coming into the game 23 points shy of becoming the 40th player in Razorback history to hit the century mark in career scoring, Kingsley had his best outing of the season, hitting 10 baskets, the most by a Razorback this season.
The big man now sits at 1,001 career points and joins Oliver Miller as one of the only two Razorbacks in history to reach 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 200 blocks in a career.
Arkansas used an 8-0 run and a three minute, 16 second scoring drought by the Tigers to race out to an early 15-4 lead over LSU. The Tigers lingered around in the first half, keeping the Razorback lead within striking distance as Arkansas led 47-37 at the break. Three Razorbacks were in double figures at intermission with Moses Kingsley leading all Razorbacks with 14 points. Anton Beard put up 12 points, while Dusty Hannahs sank all six of his first half free throws to record 11 points. Arkansas sank all 11 free throw attempts in the first period.
Arkansas opened the second half on a 6-0 run to extend the lead to 16 but LSU kept fighting. The Tigers cut it to single digits with less than four minutes remaining, after hitting 16-of-19 shots in a nine minute span. Arkansas held off LSU, scoring the games’ final six points to get the wire-to-wire victory.
The Razorbacks shared the ball well, tallying 20 assists for the sixth time this season. Arkansas is now 38-3 under head coach Mike Anderson when recording 20-plus assists, 6-0 this season.
A big part portion of the assists came from junior guard Anton Beard who had a career-high seven dimes. Beard tied a season-high in scoring with 16 points.
Daryl Macon scored in double figures for the 11th time in the last 12 games, putting up 15 points and seven rebounds. Jaylen Barford and Dusty Hannahs had 14 points each.
The Razorbacks go on the road all of next week, traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday to square off against the Vanderbilt Commodores on SEC Network at 7:30 p.m. from Memorial Gym. Arkansas will wrap up the week in Stillwater, Oklahoma, as the Razorbacks take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys as part of the Big12/SEC Challenge on ESPNU at 3 p.m. from Gallagher-Iba Arena.