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Huge dunk by Harris ignites Hogs in victory over LSU

Coach Mike Anderson and Alandis Harris
Coach Mike Anderson and Alandis HarrisPhoto by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Arkansas Razorbacks won in a complete, team effort in Saturday’s home win against the LSU Tigers, but one enormous dunk helped provide the ignition to get the Hogs over the hump.

With former Razorback coaches Nolan Richardson and Eddie Sutton, former President Bill Clinton, and many other representatives from past Final Four teams at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday, forward Alandis Harris unleashed a dunk that those Razorback greats and the 18,307 Razorback fans in attendance will remember for many years to come.

LSU, in the midst of a 7-0 run, took their largest lead of the game at 57-54 after an alley-oop dunk by Johnny O’Bryant III. On the next possession, Harris made the play that fueled the Hogs and set the tone for final stretch of the ballgame. Harris received a pass on the right wing from Mardracus Wade, drove around O’Bryant, and delivered a thunderous dunk over him with the right hand.

This huge dunk with 9:43 remaining in the game sparked a 6-0 run by the Hogs. It also energized the Walton Arena crowd, who were relatively quiet for the first 30 minutes of the ballgame. They never trailed again and the Hogs defeated the Tigers by a score of 81-70.

After missing the team's loss against LSU in Baton Rouge earlier this month along with Michael Qualls due to suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, Harris left his stamp on Saturday’s game with his performance against the Tigers.

“It’s just good to have them back, and Alandis, that was one of his dunks that we normally see everyday in practice,” said Razorback forward Coty Clarke. “He was just able to put one down in dude’s grill, so that’s what we did, and it sparked us on defense and the offense just flowed after that.”

Harris also came up big on the defensive end of the floor, coming away with three blocked shots. Maybe the suspension by Razorback coach Mike Anderson has gotten the attention of Harris. After the game, Anderson realized the importance of that one play and the importance of Harris to his basketball team.

“It was good to see him kind of unleash the beast in him,” Anderson said. “He unleashed it in him and that’s what we needed at that point in time. It just trickled through our basketball team