#8 Arkansas Has Run End at SEC Semifinals



NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Arkansas was down 10 with 2:28 left and got it to within one on a JD Notae steal and Justin Smith layup with 39 seconds left. LSU scored on the ensuing possession and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line inside the final 11 seconds to defeat #8 Arkansas, 78-71, in the SEC semifinals Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena.

Arkansas has its 12-game SEC win streak snapped, is 22-6 for the season and reached the SEC Tournament semifinal for the 15th time.

Justin Smith scored six points and Moses Moody converted an old-fashion 3-point play during the 9-0 run to make it a one-point game. Smith finished with 21 points, making 10-of-13 shots, with seven rebounds. Moody, who had 20 first-half points, just missed a double-double as he scored 28 points, tying his career high for the fourth time this season and third time in a four-game span. He added nine rebounds, marking the fourth time this season he led the Hogs in both scoring and rebounding in the same game.

Down three at halftime, Arkansas out-scored the Tigers 13-7 to start the second half and took a three-point lead (50-47). LSU answered with a 17-2 run to lead by 12 and the Tigers held the lead the rest of the way. LSU was up seven with 5:35 left to play. While the Tigers only made one field goal the rest of the way, LSU was 9-of-9 from the line to secure the win.

Arkansas struggled from 3-point range in the second half, making just 1-of-12, while LSU was 4-of-9.

Cameron Thomas led LSU with 21 points ad Javonte Smart had 19. Darius Days added 13.

Davonte Davis contributed eight rebounds and five assists for Arkansas. Ethan Henderson was strong off the bench for a second straight game with seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

Up next, Arkansas will wait to see its postseason future when the NCAA has its Selection Show on CBS at 5 pm (CT) Sunday (Mar. 14).

FIRST HALF: Arkansas 37 – LSU 40

  • Davonte Davis scored the game’s first points and Moses Moody scored the next 10 for the Razorbacks and Arkansas led 12-10 at the first media timeout (15:15). Mood hit a 3-pointer to score 13 of the team’s first 15.
  • Arkansas built an eight-point lead (24-16) but LSU tied the games at 31-31 for the third media timeout (7:45).
  • Overall, LSU used a 7-0 tun to lead by six (38-32) at 4:22.
  • During Arkansas’ 12-game SEC win streak, the Razorbacks have trailed at halftime five times. In fact, Arkansas has trailed at halftime in four of the last five games. One of those games was trailing by five in a home win over LSU on Feb. 27.
  • Moody made 7-of-10 shots (4-of-5 from 3-point) and led the Hogs with 20 first half points. He and Justin Smith played all forty minutes.
  • Ethan Henderson led the Hogs with six rebounds in the period. His best for the season this year was fur on two occasions.
  • LSU had three players in double figures: Javonte Smart (13), Cameron Thomas (11) ad Darius Days (10).

SECOND HALF: Arkansas 34 – LSU 38

  • Justin Smith scored four and Jal34en Tate hit a 3-pointer to help Arkansas out-score LSU 8-4 to start the second half and lead 45-44 at the first media timeout (15:50).
  • Arkansas went 5:30 without a field goal and LSU’s Cameron Thomas hit a 3-pointer to put LSU up two (52-50) with 11:59 left.
  • Davonte Davis tied the game at 52-52 with two free throws before LSU went on a 7-0 run to force an Arkansas timeout at 9:57.
  • Arkansas shot 42.9% from the field and held LSU to 37.5%. However, LSU was 4-of-9 from 3-point range and Arkansas was 1-of-12.
  • Justin Smith was 7-of-9 from the field and scored 15 of his 21 points in the period.
  • JD Notae had three steals.

GAME NOTES

  • Arkansas is 7-8 all-time when playing in the SEC semifinals and drop to 2-3 when playing LSU in the SEC Tournament.
  • Arkansas had its 12-game SEC win streak snapped. The streak tied the program record for consecutive wins versus SEC opponents with the 1993-94 team. Ironically, like this year, that team also won its final 11 regular-season SEC games, won in the SEC Tournament quarterfinal before losing in the SEC semifinals. That 1993-94 team went on the win the NCAA Championship.
  • Arkansas’ starting lineup was Jalen Tate (G) – Davonte Davis (G) – Moses Moody (G) – Justin Smith (F) – Connor Vanover (F) for the 10th consecutive game. The lineup lost for the first time and is 9-1 this season.
  • Arkansas won the opening tip. Arkansas is 14-3 when controlling the tip.
  • Davonte Davis scored the game’s first points, a jumper in the left short corner at 19:37. Arkansas is 15-4 when it scores first.
  • Ethan Henderson and JD Notae were the first subs for Arkansas.
  • Moses Moody had another big bounce-back game after being held to single digits. Moody only scored five points in the quarterfinal win over Mizzou. It was the fourth time this season he was held to single digits. However, the following game after being held to single digits, Moody is averaging 24 points (25 versus Georgia, 26 at Vanderbilt, 17 at Oklahoma State and 28 versus LSU today).
  • Ethan Henderson had two field goals, both dunks. This season, he has made 10 field goals with seven dunks. He had five blocked shots in the two SEC Tournament games. He has 12 for the season.

 

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The Breakers will set up shop in Tasmania after Easter to host a slate of NBL home games.

The Breakers appear to have waved the white flag on their hope of playing any games in New Zealand during the 2021 Australian NBL season.

The NBL announced on Wednesday that the Breakers would make Tasmania their home base for “up to six games” starting after Easter (April 2-5) and would play at Launceston’s Silverdome.

With details still to be hammered out, the NBL has not announced set dates or games just yet but have allowed a window of “up to six weeks”.

The Breakers have played all their NBL schedule thus far on the road and had been hoping to return to New Zealand to host games in Auckland over the back half of the season, travel restrictions permitting. They are currently in the midst of the self-contained NBL Cup hub in Melbourne, where all teams play eight games each for a prize pool of $300,000, with results also counting towards overall standings.

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NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman said the Breakers’ move to Tasmania was a great opportunity to showcase the NBL in the state ahead of the entry of the expansion JackJumpers next season.

“We have always said we want basketball to be the No 1 sport in Tasmania and we thank the Premier and the Tasmanian government for bringing NBL games to Tasmania this season,” he said.

“I also want to thank the Breakers for their support in what has been a challenging season for all of their players and staff.”

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said: “These games will put our state in the national spotlight ahead of the Tasmanian JackJumpers’ entry to the NBL later this year. It’s great news for the Tasmanian public, with economic and social benefits to flow from hosting the games and increased exposure for our state.”

The Tasmanian government will invest $750,000 on this initiative which will cover operational and game-day costs, as well as an investment into new permanent infrastructure at the Launceston Silverdome.

The Breakers meet the Brisbane Bullets on Wednesday (7pm tip NZT) in their fourth game of the NBL Cup. They are 2-6 for the NBL season thus far, but are coming off a 44-point thumping of the Adelaide 36ers which saw them become the first team to take a maximum haul of 7 points (3 for the win, and 4 for claiming each quarter).



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First and Finest: Holiday travel; Vernon hit and run


Foley said there were more than 4,000 calls for service as of Saturday night.

HARTFORD, Conn — In FOX61’s latest segment of First and Finest, Brian Foley with Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection discussed how state police stepped up enforcement and patrols over the long holiday weekend.

Foley said there were more than 4,000 calls for service as of Saturday night. He said state police issued about 330 tickets on Connecticut highways, there were 11 DUIs, and state police assisted 264 drivers on the roadside.

“That being said, the big news out the weekend was that there were six fatalities and five accidents, fatal motor accidents, so it was sadly a deadly weekend on highways in Connecticut,” said Foley.

Foley also discussed deadly crashes involving wrong-way drivers. He said a vast majority of those accidents are caused by impaired drivers.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has been putting together counter-measures to help prevent the issue, like implementing new technology.

Foley also provided new insight as the investigation into a deadly hit-and-run in Vernon continues.

Police say 44-year-old Andrew Aggarwala was walking his puppy this past Tuesday along Phoenix St. when he was hit and killed by a car that drove away.

Aggarwala was a father and very involved in youth sports in the community.

Vernon Police say they have seized a vehicle of interest in this case that was found near the area of Phoenix Street.

However, police say no one has been taken into custody yet.

Foley said these investigations always take time and urged patience.

“There’s some steps to be taken here. The car will likely have a computer in it. They can analyze that. They’ll do some search warrants for cell phone records for anyone that may have been a possible driver. These things take time. We have to wait for the cell phone and different results to come back,” said Foley.

Aggarwala’s dog Ollie ran off after that crash and has been missing for the past few days.

However, the dog was found safe Saturday morning and was reunited with its family.



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