Alabama 83, Arkansas 58

Alabama senior guard Trever Releford scores 24 on Senior Day as the Crimson Tide roll over Arkansas 83-58 on Saturday to end the Razorbacks' six-game winning streak.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford scored 24 points and Shannon Hale added 18 to lead Alabama to an 83-58 victory over Arkansas on Saturday, snapping the Razorbacks' six-game winning streak.

The Crimson Tide (13-18, 7-11 Southeastern Conference) capped a disappointing regular season by dominating from start to finish a team that appeared to be playing its way into the NCAA tournament.

Arkansas (21-10, 10-8) was held to a season-low in points three days after pouring in 110 to rout Mississippi and will be the fifth seed in next week's SEC Tournament.

"I did not see this one coming," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "You talk about a Senior Day for them and it was a special Senior Day. Let's give Alabama some credit. They came in and kind of pinched us in the mouth. I thought we settled for some shots and our defense was not as sharp as it should be, It seems like we were about a half-step slow."

Levi Randolph scored 11 points and Jimmie Taylor had 10 on 5-of-5 shooting for Alabama.

Rashad Madden led Arkansas with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Bobby Portis scored 17.

"I always tell our guys that you aren't as good as you think you are and you aren't as bad as you think you are," Anderson said. "But today, I just thought the energy level was not where it should have been today. We didn't have it."

Alabama hit 29 of 53 shots (54.7 percent) while holding Arkansas to 15 of 48 (31.3 percent).

"We didn't shoot the ball well, but I thought we settled," Anderson said. "To take 25 (3-pointers) out of 48 shots - that's a lot of shots for 3-point shots and not making them."s 21 regular season wins is the most since 2008.s 21 regular season wins is the most since 2008. Arkansas had won eight of its last nine before imploding in Tuscaloosa while its 21 regular season wins is the most since 2008.

"I'll take the blame on that there and I was disappointed that we didn't put on a better performance," Anderson said.

Arkansas will be the fifth seed and play its first game of the SEC Tournament in Atlanta on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

The Tide's only scholarship senior, Releford hit a late 3-pointer to tie Jerry Harper for fifth on the Tide's career scoring list with 1,861 points.

The Tide earned a bye into Thursday in the SEC tournament with the victory.

"They just attacked us on the glass early and often and I didn't think we bowed our neck and got after them," Anderson said. "Let's give them credit. They were fighting for their lives. They play well at home."

It was a potentially costly stumble in the postseason hopes of Arkansas, which hadn't trailed by more than 20 points all season.

The Razorbacks' previous scoring low was 65 points in a win over Alabama month earlier.

The Tide improved to 7-2 in SEC games at Coleman Coliseum, where the Razorbacks have dropped seven in a row. It was a season-high in points for Alabama in SEC games.

Arkansas' Anthlon Bell, who scored a career-high 23 against Ole Miss, was 0 for 5 and didn't score.

Michael Qualls scored three points, nine below his season average.

The Razorbacks went cold after exploding for a 30-point win over Mississippi.

Alabama took a 39-16 halftime lead over Arkansas, which headed into halftime shooting just 4 of 23 from the field (17.4 percent).

The Razorbacks' previous first-half scoring low was 24 in the February meeting with the Tide. This time they didn't make a basket over the last 5:43 of the half.

Arkansas couldn't come any closer than 19 after that.


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