Alabama traveled to Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Wednesday and walked away with their second road win of the season against a ranked opponent, defeating No. 15 Arkansas 84-69. The win over the Razorbacks moves the Crimson Tide record to 14-2 overall and 4-0 in SEC play.
Alabama’s Brandon Miller, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week for his 19-point performance against Kentucky last week, had his slowest start of the season. The Razorbacks held Miller scoreless for the first half, in fact, Miller didn’t even record a shot in the first 20 minutes. With the lack of offensive production from Miller, the Crimson Tide leaned on the shoulders of Mark Sears and Noah Clowney to carry the offense.
Sears has been a consistent offensive weapon for Alabama all season long and Wednesday he shined once again, scoring a game-high 26 points, hitting seven of his 16 attempts from the field, and making all 10 of his free throw attempts. Sears also carried over his good defense from the last game, recording four rebounds and three steals.
Noah Clowney provided Sears some help on the offensive end in the second half when he finally found his shot, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the last 20 minutes. Brandon Miller helped chip in 14 points, all of which came in the second half, hitting three of his four shots from the floor, and making both of his three-point attempts.
The difference in the game came from behind the arc as the Crimson Tide finished the game shooting 45 percent from behind the line, sinking nine three-pointers, while Arkansas shot just 20 percent, making just two three-pointers for the game.
Alabama once again limited their turnovers and won the turnover battle 15-13, scoring 24 points off the Arkansas turnovers and giving up just seven points off turnovers to the Razorbacks. If Alabama can continue to keep their turnovers down and win the turnover battle, they can compete with any team in the country.
Alabama will return home to Coleman Coliseum Saturday, Jan. 14, to face a struggling LSU team.
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