FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The LSU men’s basketball team’s free fall from the top of the Southeastern Conference standings continued Tuesday night.
The Tigers knew it wasn’t going to be easy without injured guard Keith Hornsby, the team’s second-leading scorer, and two frontcourt reserves in Aaron Epps and Elbert Robinson, who were ill, and it showed.
LSU fell for the fourth time in its past five conference games — and third in a row on the road in that stretch — with an 85-65 setback against Arkansas in Bud Walton Arena.
The frustration level continued to rise for LSU (16-12, 9-6) with its latest loss.
Forward Ben Simmons, who had his 19th double-double of the season with 23 points and 12 rebounds, picked up a technical foul with 2:02 remaining in the game. It also went as his fifth personal foul of the game, sending him to the bench for the rest of the way.
By the time Simmons departed, Arkansas (14-14, 7-8) was comfortably in front after piling in on in the second half.
After leading by just two points at halftime (34-32), Arkansas wore down LSU in the second half. The Razorbacks outscored the Tigers 51-33 and pulled away after Simmons cut the deficit to one point just 62 seconds into the period.