Looking for a third straight road win, the SEC West leading Razorback basketball team took its act to Alabama on Saturday.
They played well for a half, but the Crimson Tide put on their own show after intermission.
JaMychal Green had a game-high 22 points and Mikhail Torrance scored 10 of his 12 points during a key second-half stretch as Alabama rallied past Arkansas 73-68 before 13,151 fans at Coleman Coliseum.
"Alabama played very well in the second half," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "We didn't do some of the fundamental things. We are certainly disappointed. They did a good job in the second half of getting around Courtney (Fortson) and denying some things. They also made some good plays in the second half and hit 11 of 13 free throws."
Little Rock native Anthony Brock hit a big 3-pointer late for the Crimson Tide (14-11, 4-7), who ended the Razorbacks' five-game winning streak in a game that Arkansas led by 13 points in both halves.
"I think every team has defining moments that you go through," Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. "We were struggling there in the first half. My challenge to the team was to find some fight and some togetherness and to come together. We found a way to do that tonight."
Alabama native Courtney Fortson had 18 points and 6 assists, Michael Washington 12 points and 4 blocks and Marshawn Powell 10 points for the Razorbacks (13-12, 6-4).
The loss coupled with Mississippi State's home win over Auburn has the Razorbacks and Bulldogs - who split their two match-ups this season - tied for the SEC West lead.
Alabama win in large part by making 22-of-29 free throws while Arkansas got the line just 12 times and only made 6 of its charity tosses.
The Crimson Tide also got 10 offensive rebounds in the second half after grabbing just one of their own misses before halftime and had a 38-24 overall advantage in carom.
Green had 3 of those offensive boards among his nine total and also hit 12-of-13 from the free throw line.
"I thought our guys really gutted it out in the second half," Grant said. "I thought three things, the ability to rebound the ball, get to the line and make our free throws and then obviously on the defensive end to get the stops that we needed to win the game, to me that was the difference today."
Despite blowing the 13-point lead, Arkansas rallied from a 7-point deficit to take a 65-64 lead on Powell's bucket with 2:27 remaining.
But Brock – who played his high school basketball at Little Rock McClellan – nailed a wide-open 3-pointer with 2:09 left to surge Bama ahead 67-65 and the home team never trailed again.
"It was a good shot," Grant said. "It was a rhythm shot, and one he was capable of making.
Bigger than that, was the defense (he) played on Courtney Fortson (in the second half)."
Fortson had 12 points at half, but just four free throws and one late field goal after intermission.
Rotnei Clarke and Jemal Farmer had 8 points each for Arkansas, who hit 9 of its first 13 shots, but ended up shooting just 46 percent from the field.
It was disappointing," Pelphrey said. "I don't think we played very well. We found a way to get the lead with under 3 minutes to play, but over the course of the basketball game, fundamentally this wasn't one of our better efforts. Just some things we didn't do well."
Senario Hillman added 11 points for Alabama while Brock had 10 points and 5 assists.
The Razorbacks will host South Carolina Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena.
"We'll go back, we'll review those, we'll drill those and hopefully we'll be better at those things in our next game," Pelphrey said.
Alabama 73, Arkansas 68
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