Alabama Has Bad Outing At Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –The Alabama men's basketball team's second Southeastern Conference road trip wasn't nearly as satisfactory as the first. As a result, the Crimson Tide was defeated at Arkansas Saturday afternoon and fell to 1-2 in Southeastern Conference games.

Composure was not a strength of the Alabama basketball team at Arkansas, where Bama lost a 71-59 decision to the Razorbacks. Arkansas started the game with a 6-0 run, which drew a technical foul on Bama Coach Anthony Grant. The resulting free throws gave the Hogs an 8-0 lead.

Later in the game, Alabama's Senario Hillman was whistled for a flagrant foul and ejected from the game. From that point, the Crimson Tide was overwhelmed down the stretch.

Alabama had opened SEC play with an impressive road win at LSU last weekend. During the week, Bama lost a one-point heart-breaker to Vanderbilt in Coleman Coliseum. In that game, the Commodores had 20 more free throw opportunities than Alabama.

Arkansas also enjoyed a huge advantage in free throws, but also had a sizeable margin in rebounds.

Senior guard Mikhail Torrance scored 15 points for the University of Alabama men's basketball team while sophomore forward JaMychal Green added 13 points and eight rebounds, but a 24-13 run to close the game allowed the Arkansas to pull away for the victory Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.

Freshman forward Tony Mitchell contributed 12 points for the Crimson Tide which now stands at 11-6 (1-2 SEC). Arkansas improves to 8-9 (1-1 SEC).

Grant said, "Over the course of the game, I thought their [Arkansas] toughness and character really showed itself. We did not meet the challenge the way we needed to meet the challenge collectively and individually."

Alabama held a 34-32 lead at halftime and trailed by only one with just over 12 minutes to play when Hillman was whistled for a flagrant foul and subsequently ejected from the contest.

Following the unfortunate series of events for the Tide, Arkansas blew open what had been a tightly contested game with a 24-13 run to close things out. Alabama mustered just five baskets during the final 7:19 stretch and didn't get to the free throw line once. Before Hillman's ejection there were seven ties and 12 lead changes over the first 28 minutes.

"I thought their pressure bothered us," said Grant. "We didn't do a very good job executing. We got some looks that we needed to make that we didn't make. Give them credit, I think they did a good job defensively."

The Razorbacks did most of their damage under the basket where the front court tandem of Marshawn Powell and Mike Washington each had a double-double. Powell finished with a game-high 18 points and 10 boards while Washington posted 17 points and 13 rebounds. As a team, Arkansas held a 40-27 advantage in rebounds.

Arkansas opened the game as strong as it finished with 8-0 lead over the game's first 2:08, however the Tide responded quickly with an 11-2 run to take and its first lead at the 15:10 mark.

Alabama would expand the lead to 18-12, the Tide's largest of the game, over the next four minutes behind a trio of baskets by Mitchell and junior guard Charvez Davis before taking a 34-32 halftime lead.

Alabama returns home to face nunber 10 Tennessee in an ESPN broadcast contest at Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CST.

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