Jan. 16, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Senior guard Mikhail Torrance scored 15 points for the University of Alabama men’s basketball team while sophomore forward JaMychal Green added 13 points and eight rebounds, but a 24-13 run to close the game allowed the Arkansas to pull away for a 71-59 on Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.
Freshman forward Tony Mitchell contributed 12 points for the Crimson Tide which now stands at 11-6 (1-2 SEC). Arkansas improves to 8-9 (1-1 SEC).
"Over the course of the game, I thought their (Arkansas) toughness and character really showed itself. We did not meet the challenge the way we needed to meet the challenge collectively and individually."
Alabama held a 34-32 lead at halftime and trailed by only one with just over 12 minutes to play when junior Senario Hillman was whistled for a flagrant foul and subsequently ejected from the contest.
Following the unfortunate series of events for the Tide, Arkansas blew open what had been a tightly contested game with a 24-13 run to close things out. Alabama mustered just five baskets during the final 7:19 stretch and didn't get to the free throw line once. Before Hillman's ejection there were seven ties and 12 lead changes over the first 28 minutes.
"I thought their pressure bothered us,” said Grant. “We didn't do a very good job executing. We got some looks that we needed to make that we didn't make. Give them credit, I think they did a good job defensively."
The Razorbacks did most of their damage under the basket where the front court tandem of Marshawn Powell and Mike Washington each had a double-double. Powell finished with a game-high 18 points and 10 boards while Washington posted 17 points and 13 rebounds. As a team, Arkansas held a 40-27 advantage in rebounds.
Arkansas opened the game as strong as it finished with 8-0 lead over the game's first 2:08, however the Tide responded quickly with an 11-2 run to take and its first lead at the 15:10 mark.
Alabama would expand the lead to 18-12, the Tide's largest of the game, over the next four minutes behind a trio of baskets by Mitchell and junior guard Charvez Davis before taking a 34-32 halftime lead.
Alabama returns home to face No. 10 Tennessee in an ESPN broadcast contest at Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.