POSTED: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 5:34pm
New Orleans, La — Playing a postseason game in its home state for the first time since 2003, the LSU men's basketball team got a double double performance from freshman forward Johnny O'Bryant III to beat Arkansas, 70-54, Thursday at the New Orleans Arena.
The Tigers outscored the Razorbacks 42-26 after the game was tied at halftime.
LSU (18-13), which snapped a three-game skid, advanced to face No. 1-ranked Kentucky in Friday's quarterfinal round at noon CT. The AT&T pregame show begins at 11:30 a.m. CT on the LSU Sports Radio Network and its affiliates including the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live .
Friday's game will again be televised by affiliates of the SEC Network.
Arkansas (18-14) was eliminated from the SEC Tournament its its opening game for the fifth-straight season.
O'Bryant III led five Tigers in double figures scoring with 18 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. More than half of his points came at the free throw line where he made 11-of-17 shots.
Senior Storm Warren added 14 points, guard Andre Stringer had 11, while Ralston Turner and Justin Hamilton each scored 10.
The Tigers made 50 percent of its field goals (25 of 50) and shot at the same clip from beyond the three-point arc (6 of 12), while outrebounding the Razorbacks, 41-28.
LSU used a 9-0 run midway through the second half to extend a five-point lead to 53-39 with 7:46 to play.
Arkansas's leading scorer was freshman gaurd BJ Young who had 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting.