Men's Basketball Beats Arkansas in Regular Season Finale, 83-58

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ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

March 8, 2014

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Guard Trevor Releford poured in 24 points on Senior Day to lead the Alabama men's basketball team to a dominating 83-58 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday afternoon in the Crimson Tide's regular-season finale at Coleman Coliseum.

Releford's point tally pushed him past Jerry Harper (1953-56) for fifth on the Tide's all-time scoring list with 1,862 points. The Kansas City, Mo., native was honored along with fellow guard and senior Isiah Wilson prior to tip-off.

"I'm obviously excited to see us get the win," UA Head Coach Anthony Grant said. "Today is about our seniors. I'm just really proud of these guys.. Isiah (Wilson) is a guy that has been with us for several years. It's obviously his first time getting this kind of attention. I can tell you for all of our guys, he is an invaluable part of our team. When it comes to Trevor, what can you say, with what he has been able to accomplish? He is a top-five scorer for the University (of Alabama). He has the record for most steals. He is in the top ten or 11 in assists. With all he has been able to accomplish in four years, I am really proud of what he has been able to accomplish on the court, but I'm more proud of the man he has become and the way he has become it."

Releford's 24 points was his 100th career game of double-digit points and his 32nd in a row. He also had team highs in assists (4) and steals (3). Wilson got his first career start and had five points, two rebounds in four minutes of play. All three stats were career-highs for the Troy, Ala., native.

Alabama took a commanding lead early on with a 21-3 first-half run that was capped by a layup from freshman forward Shannon Hale to put the UA up 31-11 with 6:03 remaining. The Tide went into the half up 39-16 after holding Arkansas to the 17.4 percent shooting (4-of-23) from the field in the first half. That is the lowest field goal percentage for an opponent against the Tide in any half this year. The 23 point lead at half was also the largest half-time lead for UA this year.

Hale had 18 points and was perfect from the free-throw line, going 7-of-7. Junior guard Levi Randolph had 11 points while freshman forward Jimmie Taylor had 10 points, six rebounds, and Alabama's only block. Junior center Carl Engstrom had a team-high seven rebounds.

Saturday's game also marked the first time in SEC play this season that every eligible player for Alabama got into the game and recorded a point.

Alabama returns to action at the 2014 Southeastern Conference Tournament, which will be held in Atlanta, Ga., in the Georgia Dome, from March 12-16. With the win, the Tide has earned the No. 10 seed and will play on Thursday afternoon. The game time and opponent will be formally announced later today.

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