Alabama Men’s Basketball Falls to Arkansas, 87-68, Wednesday Night
The Alabama men’s basketball team lost an 87-68 decision to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Wednesday night at Bud Walton Arena. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to an overall 13-8 record, including a 6-3 mark in Southeastern Conference play.
Arkansas (17-5, 6-3) jumped out to a 5-2 lead to start the first half, before Alabama responded with a 7-0 run to move in front, 9-5, with 15:46 left on the clock. However, the Razorbacks answered with an 11-2 run of their own to regain the lead, 16-11, at the midway point, before stretching it to 28-17 with five minutes left in the half. The Tide was able to cut the lead to eight points at 35-27 going into halftime.
Alabama began the second half by scoring the first four points to trim the deficit to 35-31 with 19:06 to play. However, the Razorbacks’ Moses Kingsley answered with a dunk on the other end of the floor to jumpstart a 28-8 Arkansas run over the next eight-plus minutes, resulting in a 63-39 lead with 10:23 left to play. From there, the Razorbacks cruised to the 19-point victory.
The Tide had three players finish in double figures, led by freshman Dazon Ingram’s 14 points. Freshman Braxton Key registered 12 points in the contest, while junior Ar’Mond Davis was the last Alabama player to finish in double figures with 10 points.
Senior Dusty Hannahs led Arkansas with 19 points off the bench, connecting on 5-of-6 three-pointers. He was one of five Razorback players to finish in double-digits.
The Tide finished the game shooting 39.6 percent (21-of-53) from the field in the 40 minute contest, while going 6-of-18 (.333) from behind the three-point line. In comparison, Arkansas connected on 49.2 percent (29-of-59) from the floor and 47.1 percent (11-of-23) from beyond the arc. Alabama also committed 18 turnovers which resulted in a big 28-7 Arkansas advantage in points-off-turnovers.
Alabama will return to action on Saturday night when it hosts rival Auburn at 7:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network. It was announced earlier in the day that Saturday’s game is sold out.