TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- If Arkansas needed a pair of late free throws to win a game, Anthlon Bell would be the best choice right now.
Bell proved that on Wednesday night when he swished two charity tosses with four seconds left to lift the Razorbacks to a 62-61 road win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
It gave Bell 29 consecutive free throws without a miss and helped Arkansas (16-14, 9-8) win its fourth game in a row.
“You want to be at the free throw line is those type of moments and I just drilled them,” Bell said.
Moses Kingsley had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks, Bell 17 points and Dusty Hannahs 10 as the Razorbacks spoiled Senior Night at Alabama (17-12, 8-9) for first-year head coach Avery Johnson.
“I like our basketball team and I like how we are playing,” Anderson said. “We’ve had some bumps and peaks and valleys, but I think we are trending in the right direction. It is going to be a good flight home tonight.”
Crimson Tide senior guard Retin Obasohan had a game-high 32 points – including a three-pointer at the buzzer – but he was held scoreless for a four-minute stretch late.
“We obviously were trying to get the ball into Retin's hands and wanted him to break the defense down," Johnson said. "When he passed the ball we just didn't make shots. We got some great looks."
Kingsley’s bucket off an offensive rebound gave Arkansas a 59-58 lead with 1:44 left and Hannahs hit one of two free throws with 17 seconds left.
“I thought we were able to withstand the adrenaline that was going on in the building with Senior Night, Obasohan is a great, great player and Avery is doing an unbelievable job with his team,” Anderson said, “but I keep saying that our team was built for this time of year and we are getting better.
“We are starting to really connect and our bench is playing really well.”
It’s the second road win in row for the Razorbacks, only the third away from home this season and the fourth win in a row since Arkansas endured a three-game losing streak.
“We have had a lot of adversity, but the poise and the patience was there tonight and that is what we have been looking for all year long,” Anderson said.
The last game in that skid was a disheartening 96-92 home loss to Auburn, but Anderson challenged his team to play better defense and it has responded.
Arkansas has given up just 65, 65 and 61 points in its last three games.
“That’s all we talked about, that’s all we have been working on – getting stops,” Anderson said. “Going down the stretch it seemed like Moses’ arms grew as Obasohan got in there and he made him throw up a tough, tough shot.
“To me it is creating offense for us and you can see us in a nice rhythm now.”
The Razorbacks shot 41.4 percent from the field and 3-of-11 from 3-point range while the hosts were 44.4 percent from the floor and 6-of-18 from 3.
Arkansas finished the night 11-of-15 from the free throw line while Alabama was 15-of-23.
Each half started with Arkansas being called for seven fouls and Alabama one.
"We made the plays we needed to make at the end,” Anderson said.
The Razorbacks outrebounded the Crimson Tide 36-30 and had 15 offensive rebounds to their foe’s seven.
Willy Kouassi had five of Arkansas' offensive rebounds in just seven minutes.
“I can’t say enough about our guys,” Anderson said. “They played their guts out. That was a great, great win.”
Obasohan was 10-of-19 from the field, 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 10-of-12 from the free throw line while scoring over half of his team’s points.
“I thought early in the first half we were building a wall in there and were making the others make shots,” Anderson said. “They made some shots early on and then cooled off.
“I thought later we were really letting him get into the paint and he is awesome when he gets in there. But late I thought we started building that wall again and connected with our guards and we were making him take tough shots.”
Arkansas finishes the regular season by hosting South Carolina Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.
“Now we get a chance to hopefully go home to a packed Bud Walton Arena,” Anderson said. “Let’s send these seniors off right.”