Crimson Tide's fight down stretch seals deal

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Alabama found a way to hold off
Arkansas and get a Southeastern Conference road win.

The Crimson Tide (13-3, 2-1) fought back from a
nine-point first-half deficit and then held off a late charge by
the Razorbacks for a 64-61 victory on Tuesday night.

"We found a way to execute down the stretch. We were able to
put the ball in the hoop consistently," said guard Earnest
Shelton, who led Alabama with 18 points. "This win is big for us
because we had to find a way to win on the road, and we did

A 13-4 run gave Arkansas (13-3, 1-2) a 33-24 lead with 4:31 left
in the first half. But the Crimson Tide (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) held the Razorbacks
scoreless for the rest of the half and Shelton had half the points
in a 10-0 run that gave Alabama a 34-33 lead.

"I thought we hurried ourselves too much" during that stretch,
Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "We didn't rebound or reposition
ourselves for a good shot."

Ronnie Brewer had 15 points for Arkansas, which got within 63-61
with 1:02 left. But Kennedy Winston, who scored nine of his 13 in
the second half, made one of two free throws with 9.8 seconds left
to give the Crimson Tide a three-point lead. Eric Ferguson missed
an open 3-pointer with 2 seconds left that could have tied the

"There are a lot of broken hearts in the locker room right
now," Heath said. "We played hard, but we didn't make the best
decisions. We've got to learn and be ready."

Chuck Davis had 17 points and nine rebounds for Alabama, which
finished with a 32-25 advantage on the boards.

Darian Townes added 14 points for the Razorbacks, while Jonathan
Modica had 11 points and five assists and Olu Famutini added 10
points, eight in the first half.


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