Alabama Falls to Arkansas on Senior Night, 62-61
The Alabama men’s basketball team (17-12, 8-9 Southeastern Conference) dropped a 62-61 decision to the Arkansas Razorbacks (16-14, 9-8 SEC) on Senior Night Wednesday. Crimson Tide senior Retin Obasohan totaled 32 points for the game.
After taking nearly two minutes to score the game’s first points, the teams traded baskets throughout the opening six minutes. Arkansas claimed an 11-9 advantage at the14:11 mark but would go scoreless over the next four minutes. That allowed Alabama to pull in front, as the Tide led by as many as four points in the half. Trailing 20-17, the Razorbacks put together a 9-0 run for a 26-20 advantage. The visitors took a 34-27 lead into the locker room.
Obasohan started off hot out of the break, scoring six consecutive points and tallying nine in less than five minutes. Alabama was able to stay close with the Razorbacks, but did not reclaim the lead until the 10:12 mark, when junior Shannon Hale converted a layup to put the home team in front 45-43. Neither team would lead by more than one possession until the final seconds. Arkansas took the lead for good at 59-58 with 1:44 left on the clock thanks to a layup by Moses Kingsley. The Tide had four more looks at the basket after that, but was unable to convert any of them. A long-distance trey by Obasohan at the horn provided the final margin.
Alabama will head to Athens, Ga., to take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, March 5 for its final regular season game. The contest is set for a 3 p.m. CT tip and will air on ESPN2.
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