Men's Basketball Falls at Arkansas, 70-65

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Freshman Trevor Releford led the Crimson Tide in scoring with 17 points.
Freshman Trevor Releford led the Crimson Tide in scoring with 17 points.

Jan. 15, 2011

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Alabama men's basketball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end Saturday, falling to the Arkansas Razorbacks 70-65 in Bud Walton Arena.

Freshman guard Trevor Releford led the Crimson Tide with 17 points to go along with four assists and four rebounds. Junior forward JaMychal Green scored 16 points while sophomore forward Tony Mitchell added 14 points. Senior forward Chris Hines pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.

Alabama (10-7, 2-1 SEC) held or shared the lead for nearly the entire game until an 11-2 run by Arkansas (12-4, 2-1 SEC) to close proved to be the Crimson Tide's undoing. Alabama led by as many as 10 points in the first half and seven points in the second half, but saw their lead dissipate after connecting on only two field goals over the game's final ten minutes.

"I thought we didn't handle the last two minutes of the game as well as we needed to," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "I thought we had some breakdowns on the defensive end; they got a couple of baskets there especially the last two or three possessions. It was a very physical game. We didn't handle the last couple of possessions there as well as we need to on the road."

Alabama outrebounded the Razorbacks 35-25 and held an 11-8 advantage in assists, but could not overcome the cold shooting stretch to end the game. The Tide led 33-29 at halftime, holding two separate 10-point advantages at 18-8 and 33-23, in the half. Alabama opened up a seven point lead in the second half and maintained it until the midway juncture before the Razorbacks started chipping away.

Two free throws by Releford gave the Crimson Tide its final lead of the game, 65-64 at the 1:47 mark, prior to Arkansas scoring the final six points.

Alabama will host No. 15 Kentucky at Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN.