TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Noah Gurley scored Alabama’s final four points, including the game-winning bucket with 27 seconds left and the Crimson Tide beat Arkansas 68-67 on Saturday to end the nine-game streak. consecutive victories of the Razorbacks.
JD Davison scored eight of his 11 second-half points to lead Alabama (16-9, 6-6). Jaden Shackelford, who had a career-high 30 points in a win over Ole Miss, scored 10.
Jaylin Williams, who with JD Notae led Arkansas’ second-half charge, finished with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. Stanley Umude fouled out with 3 1/2 minutes left with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Notae, the SEC’s leading scorer who had 28 points in the Razorbacks’ 80-76 overtime win over No. 1 Auburn on Tuesday, was scoreless in the first half, when he sat for 16 minutes with two fouls. In the final eight minutes of the game, he scored 10 of his 12 points, including a 3-pointer with 2:36 to go for Arkansas’ first lead — 65-64 — since the start of the first half. time.
Gurley restored the lead to the Crimson Tide with a bucket before Notae put Arkansas back in front again with two free throws with 48 seconds remaining. Gurley then scored on a turnover jumper in the paint with 27 seconds left.
Arkansas (19-6, 8-4) ran out of time until Shackelford missed a 3-pointer and the ball went out of bounds for Alabama. The Tide missed a free throw, but a half-court heave by Arkansas fell short.
Arkansas, which led 37-32 at halftime, saw a 13-point lead reduced to 61-60 after a 13-1 run fueled by eight points from Williams and five from Notae.
Alabama hit six of its first 11 3-point attempts to take a 10-point lead with 8 1/2 minutes left in the first half, but went 1 of 18 from the arc afterward. The Tide also survived 24 turnovers; Arkansas had 16. Alabama shot just 43 percent, still better than the Razorbacks’ 31 percent, who were 6 of 21 from long range.
Arkansas is at Missouri on Tuesday. Alabama is at home against Mississippi State on Wednesday.
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