Alabama Barbeques Razorbacks on the Road
The Alabama Crimson Tide hit the road on Wednesday night and took down the Arkansas Razorbacks in a highly anticipated SEC matchup. The Crimson Tide utilized its defense and its pace to get down the court and take down the Razorbacks 84-69.
“That was a tough road win. Our guys showed they’ve got some toughness, character and some grit. They can handle some runs and still stay in there. After we beat Houston at Houston, I think our guys had some confidence that they can win anywhere. I think we snapped a 17-game home winning streak and it has maybe been 30 years since they lost to a ranked team as a ranked team, so there are a lot of things that hadn’t been done in this building for a while and our guys did well," said head coach Nate Oats.
They (Arkansas) did a really good job on Brandon Miller for most of the game but he shook loose right at the right time. I think he has grown up a lot. If they are just going to lock on him then there is more space on the floor for everyone else and we were able to take advantage of that. I thought our depth really helped us; both teams got in foul trouble and then I thought we had more. Jahvon Quinerly got his third (foul) in the first half and I thought we had more point guard play with (Mark) Sears and (Jaden) Bradley being able to play a little bit. I couldn’t be more proud of our guys and they continue to get better every game. We just got to continue to get better every game and stay in this hunt for the SEC Championship.”
The Crimson Tide were led by junior Mark Sears who tallied 26 points to lead all scorers in the game. He was an impressive 10-for-10 from the free throw line and helped Alabama execute its game plan, pushing the pace and scoring at the rim in transition.
Alabama was able to take down No. 15 Arkansas without a dominant performance from freshman superstar Brandon Miller. However, when the game got tight in the second half it was Miller who stepped up to ensure the Tide stayed unbeaten in SEC play.
Miller scored all 14 of his points in the second half, with back-to-back 3-pointers in the game's final three minutes to stretch the Alabama lead out to 13 and ultimately put the Razorbacks away.
Noah Clowney once again had a great night for Alabama, scoring 12 points and hauling in four rebounds as just a freshman.
The Crimson Tide snapped the Razorbacks' 17-game home winning streak and kept themselves on top of the SEC standings. The Tide's 4-0 start in the SEC is its best start since 1987 in conference play.
Alabama looks to keep the strong season going on Saturday. The Crimson Tide takes on the LSU Tigers in Coleman Coliseum at 3 p.m. CT.