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No. 20 Arkansas knocks off No. 6 Alabama

Field Level Media
25 Feb 2021, 14:55 GMT+10

Led by Moses Moody's game-high 24 points, No. 20 Arkansas denied No. 6 Alabama a chance to clinch the SEC regular-season title on Wednesday night with an 81-66 victory in Fayetteville, Ark.

Moody, who also had five rebounds and four assists, was one of four players to score in double figures for the Razorbacks (18-5, 10-4 SEC), who won their fifth consecutive game.

The Razorbacks also improved to 14-1 at home this season. No. 6 Alabama (18-6, 13-2) was trying to win its first SEC regular season crown since the 2001-02 season.

Arkansas avenged a 90-59 defeat in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 16 by holding the Crimson Tide to 26-for-69 shooting (37.7 percent). Alabama, which came in averaging 80.9 points per game, had its three-game winning streak snapped.

For the second game in a row, Alabama struggled with its accuracy from 3-point range despite making double-digit triples. The Tide, a 36 percent 3-point shooting team, made only 11 of 33 three-point attempts just four days after shooting 10-of-39 on treys against Vanderbilt.

Jordan Bruner hit 4 of 9 from long range, with all of the makes coming in the final 2:52 of the first half. He finished with a team-high 14 points to go with six rebounds.

In a game where 50 fouls were called, Alabama was whistled for 32 of them, allowing Arkansas to go 27-for-43 from the line. Moody accounted for 16-of-19. The Crimson Tide only shot eight free throws, making three.

Herbert Jones was called for charging three times and fouled out with 4:18 left in the game after scoring only four points. A frustrated John Petty Jr. was later ejected along with Arkansas' Jalen Tate with 1:01 left. Petty finished with 12 points.

Down 45-39 less than two minutes into the second half, Jaylin Williams (13 points, eight rebounds) and Justin Smith (11 points, 12 rebounds) keyed a 17-2 run that helped the Razorbacks take control.

JD Notae finished with 12 points off the bench for the Razorbacks, and Jahvon Quinerly finished with 13 points, four assists and three rebounds off the bench for Alabama.

--Field Level Media

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