BASKETBALL: Townes Finds Success

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Arkansas' woeful offense had only one source of stability during its 59-56 loss to Alabama on Wednesday night: Center Darian Townes.

The senior led the Razorbacks with 17 points and was 7-for-10 from the floor. It was a solid performance on an otherwise ugly night in which the rest of the Razorbacks were 15-of-51 (29.4 percent).

"I had a little momentum inside," Townes said.

The Razorbacks turned to Townes to start the second half in hopes he would ignite a stagnant offense. He scored 11 points in the second half, including a layup that helped the Hogs grab a 34-32 lead.

It was one of a handful of times the senior put the ball on the floor in the post and got to the bucket. But at least one Razorback said Townes didn't touch the ball as much as he should have considering Arkansas' offensive woes against the Crimson Tide.

"Darian is our best low post scorer and he should've gotten more than he did," Arkansas' leading scorer Sonny Weems said.

When asked why Townes didn't, Weems responded: "I have no idea. We should've got him more touches."

Thomas Back in Lineup

Arkansas coach John Pelphrey shook up his lineup, starting senior Charles Thomas at power forward. Thomas replaced sophomore Michael Washington, who had started the past seven games.

Pelphrey was hoping the subtle change would spark the power forwards, who have struggled the past few weeks. It didn't work.

The trio of Thomas, Washington and senior Vincent Hunter combined to collect 5 points and 8 rebounds. Even more, the three combined to commit seven of Arkansas' 22 fouls.

"It didn't go very well," Pelphrey said.

Jemison Dominates

On the other hand, Alabama power forward Demetrius Jemison recorded a double-double against the Arkansas trio. Jemison notched career-highs with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

"He really took it to our power forwards," Pelphrey said. "We had no answer from our three guys, not one. He outplayed them from start to finish. Offensive rebounding, jump shooting, defensively, low-post scoring. Complete domination."

Jemison, who didn't start Alabama's last game against Auburn because of disciplinary reasons, was averaging 4.4 points and 4.7 rebounds before the Arkansas game.

"After a couple of buckets I get in these rhythms," Jemison said. "I just feel like I can't miss and I'm going to play as hard as I can on the defensive end. ... I just got into one of those rhythms."

Hill Reaches 300

Arkansas center Steven Hill blocked four shots against the Crimson Tide, pushing him over the 300-block mark in his career.

It also pushed Hill into elite company among Southeastern Conference shot blockers. The senior became the fourth SEC player to block 300 shots, joining LSU's Shaquille O'Neal (412), Auburn's Kyle Davis (360) and Georgia's Lavon Mercer (327).

Hill is averaging 2 blocked shots a game this season, which ranks fourth in the SEC. He now has 301 in his career.

Power Outage

Neither team showed much life in the first half, so it should've been no surprise the shot clock went dead late in the first half.

The power outage came with three minutes left in a sluggish half, but both teams agreed to play on. The Coleman Coliseum announcer alerted each team when there was 15 seconds left on the shot clock and again with 10 and five seconds remaining.

The problem was never fixed, but Alabama pulled out two reserve shot clocks and placed them in the corners for the second half.

Where's the Crowd?

Hill said earlier this week that the rowdy crowd at Coleman Coliseum has been one of the toughest to handle in his career. But it was hard to say that in the half-empty arena on Wednesday.

The teams played in front of an announced crowd of 9,164 in the 15,000-seat coliseum. It was Alabama's lowest in SEC play.

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