FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has proven it can't play well on the road, but continues to get it done at home.
The Razorbacks put four players in double figures and scored 11 of the game's final 13 points as Arkansas rallied past Alabama 70-65 in SEC action Saturday afternoon before a season-high 13,033 fans at Bud Walton Arena.
Marshawn Powell had 17 points, Delvon Johnson all 14 of his in the second half, Rotnei Clarke 13 and Julysess Nobles 10 as the Razorbacks (12-4, 2-1) rallied to run its home record to 11-0 this season.
"We're very fortunate to win," Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said. "I thought Alabama did a good job all game long of controlling the game. We were fortunate to hang around all game long and catch up at the end. I'm not sure what we did well today other than catch up and I'm proud of our guys for that."
Mardracus Wade (8 points) and Michael Sanchez both had big defensive plays and hit a pair of free throws in the final minute.
Everybody had their mindset that we needed stops," Wade said. "We had to pull this out."
After shooting a miserable 32.1 percent in the first half, Arkansas hit 54.2 percent of its second half field goal attempts – including 9 of its last 12.
"We just battled," Powell said. "We continued to battle until the clock said zero, and we came out with a ‘W.'"
Part if the comeback had to do with the very supportive crowd on hand.
"I'd just have to say the number one thing was the crowd out there," Powell said. "It gives me an extra boost when I'm tired. It makes me dig deeper than what I have."
The rally came against the SEC's best defensive team, who have given up just 55 and 47 points in its first two league games.
"I am proud of those guys for that because that was tough sledding against the best defensive team in our league," Pelphrey said.
That came against a zone defense at times.
"We found out a way to get ourselves to the free throw line (35 times), we were able to handle the pressure and didn't turn it over a crazy amount of times (9 turnovers) and had some big plays against the zone," Pelphrey said, "which was unique because the other night against LSU we were awful. We weren't awful from an execution standpoint, we were awful getting the ball to go through the basket."
Alabama head coach Anthony Grant thought his team stumbled down the stretch.
"I thought we didn't handle the last 2 minutes of the game as well as we needed to. I thought we had some breakdowns on the defensive end," Grant said. "Very physical game. We didn't handle the last couple of possessions there as well as we needed to on the road."
"It's tough sledding against the best defensive team in our league,' Pelphrey said. "We got a couple of really big stops at the end."
The win over the Crimson Tide (10-7, 20-1) means Arkansas is in a tie for the lead in the beleagured SEC West.
Trevor Releford had 17 points to lead Alabama while JaMychal Green had 16 points and Tony Mitchell 14.
"This is a difficult place to play," Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. "They were loud and were definitely a difference today."
Releford played his first 36 minutes without a turnover and then had two in the final minutes, echoed those sentiments.
"I think they were just at home and they got the crowd behind them, and they got a little energy off that and started capitalizing," Releford said.
Arkansas scored the final six points of the first half and the final six points of the game.
"It was a momentum swing," Grant said of the first half, which ended with his team ahead 33-29.
Johnson got two early fouls, but came back to play a great second half.
"I am proud of that kid," Pelphrey said. "It was a rough start getting a couple of early fouls, but what a second half. I would like to see him get a few more defensive rebounds, but to go against JaMicheal Green and make some of the plays he did, to convert his free throws kind of embodies what we want to be about - togetherness, discipline and attitude."
Arkansas' football team was honored at halftime for its 10-3 season and 16 recruits were on hand.
The Razorbacks will now head back out on the road with games at South Carolina on Wednesday and Florida on Saturday.
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Arkansas played without senior Jemal Farmer who was not on the bench.
"He's got some personal things going on he's trying to figure out," Pelphrey said.
Pelphrey said Farmer was still with the team.
"When we have some resolution to that, I'll let you know," Pelphrey said.
Freshman guard Rickey Scott, who is recovering from a stress fracture, did dress out, but is not ready to play yet.
"I can't tell you how well he has practiced considering he has been on the sideline for three or four weeks," Pelphrey said. "I am not comfortable yet putting Rickey in the game, but with a couple more days with practice we will get there with that because he can really help us. He has got tremendous speed and can finish some plays. We all know what kind of defender he is."
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The crowd also included former Razorback players Todd Day, Lee Mayberry, Pat Bradley Steven Hill and Clint McDaniel while Scotty Thurman is on the coaching staff now.
Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino and wideout Cobi Hamilton leads the Razorback football team out to be honored at halftime of Saturday's game.
Delvon Johnson looks at the bench with a satisfied grin.
Rotnei Clarke had 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 3 assists.
Marshawn Powell had a team-high 17 points.
Powell and Alabama's JaMychal Green - who had 16 points - head upcourt.
Delvon Johnson had all 14 of his points in the second half and also added 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in the game.
Johnson slams one home.
Arkansas players Mardracus Wade, Michael Sanchez, Delvon Johnson and Marcus Britt celebrate after the win.
Johnson, Julysess Nobles (23) and Britt are elated with the comeback.
Marcus Britt drives against Alabama's Chris Hines.
John Pelphrey's team is 11-0 at home this season with wins the past two Saturdays over Tennessee and Alabama.