Despite 17 first-half points from freshman BJ Young and four players scoring in double figures, the University of Arkansas men's basketball team fell to Alabama, 79-68, Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas drops to 17-11 on the season, with a 5-8 record in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama improves to 18-9 overall and 7-6 in the league.
Arkansas led by 12 points early on, but a surge by the Crimson Tide at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half proved too much for the Razorbacks to overcome.
Young scored 17 points in the first half on 6-of-11 shooting, with four three-pointers. He poured in 11 in the first eight minutes of the game, with his basket from long range with 12:04 left in the half giving Arkansas a double-digit lead, 21-11.
Arkansas was unable to stop the Alabama run at the beginning of the second half. The Crimson Tide started the second half on an 11-2 run to take a 56-43 lead with 15:13 left in the game. Alabama continued to attack, leading by as many as 15 points, 60-45, with 13:54 remaining.
Scott scored 12 points for Arkansas, and Wade and Nobles chipped in 11 apiece. Nobles was 2-for-3 from behind the arc and also had four rebounds and three assists. Freshman Devonta Abron scored seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Arkansas on the inside.
Alabama shot 55.1 percent for the game, and also placed four players in double figures. The Crimson Tide were led in scoring by Rodney Cooper with 17.
Arkansas has a quick turnaround, as it hits the road for a 3 p.m. contest at Auburn Saturday afternoon.