Feb. 5, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Alabama men’s basketball team fell Wednesday night in a hard-fought road contest to Arkansas, 65-58. The Crimson Tide was led by junior guard Rodney Cooper, who had a season-high 22 points.
Cooper also had a game-high 10 rebounds, which gives him his second career double-double.
Senior guard Trevor Releford had 12 points, which extends his streak of double-digit scoring games to 23. Releford and Cooper combined to go 11-of-23, while the rest of the team went 10-of-36.
Alabama led by two points at halftime, 26-24, after junior guard Levi Randolph hit a shot at the buzzer. The game was a back-and-forth affair, with 11 tie scores and 12 lead changes.
With Alabama trailing by one, 49-48, with 5:50 remaining, the Razorbacks went on a 12-5 run over the next 4:05 to take the largest lead of the game, 61-53.
However, the Tide would not go away quietly, scoring the game’s next five points to cut it to a three-point game, 61-58, with 43 seconds left.
UA fouled Arkansas’ Jacorey Williams with 33 seconds left, who then missed the front end of a 1-and-1, giving the ball back to the Tide.
But Retin Obasohan’s contested layup on the other end was no good and the Razorbacks connected on all four if their free throws in the last 17 seconds to secure the victory.
Arkansas was led by freshman Bobby Portis who had 35 points, nine rebounds and six blocks.
Alabama, which is in a stretch of four of five games away from home, will remain on the road when it travels to square off against No. 3/4 Florida on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET) on ESPN. It will mark the second meeting this season against the Gators, as Florida captured a 68-62 win at Coleman Coliseum on Jan. 23.
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