Alabama Edges Arkansas 59-56

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Lacey and Levi Randolph hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 17 seconds and Alabama held on for a 59-56 victory over Arkansas on Thursday night.

Lacey scored 14 points for the Crimson Tide (13-7, 5-2 Southeastern Conference), which held on for a fifth win in six games after losing 54-53 at Tennessee when he couldn't get off a final shot.

BJ Young hit a layup with 5 seconds left and then missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Arkansas (12-8, 3-4) after Randolph made two free throws.

Young, who led Arkansas with 14 points, managed to get a shot off with a behind-the-back dribble but overshot the rim. He scored 12 in the second half.

Lacey had six rebounds but also committed seven of Alabama's season-high 21 turnovers. Trevor Releford added 12 points and Nick Jacobs had 10 for Alabama.

Marshawn Powell had 11 points for the Razorbacks before fouling out.

Young missed all four of his 3-point attempts and the Razorbacks were just 3 of 19. They are now 0-5 away from home and have totaled 110 points in two straight losses.

The Tide shot just 7 of 23 (30 percent) in the second half but also made 14 of 19 free throws (74 percent).

Arkansas forced a turnover with the full-court press and Rickey Scott collected the loose ball and a layup with 51 seconds left to cut Alabama's lead to 56-54. The Tide then worked most of the shot clock down before Andrew Steele missed a 3-pointer.

Lacey grabbed the offensive rebound, drew Powell's fifth foul and hit the second of two free throws with 17 seconds remaining for a 57-54 lead.

Young then drove to the basket instead of trying to tie it with a 3-pointer, and the Razorbacks called a timeout before quickly fouling Randolph. He made both with 4.2 seconds remaining.

The Razorbacks, who had trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, went on a 17-5 run to take the lead following Releford's technical foul early in the second half.

Young hit two free throws for a 42-39 lead midway through the second half. Lacey answered with two free throws, Releford had a reverse layup and Tide freshman Devonta Pollard scored inside to get Alabama back on track.

The Tide, which came in last in the SEC in rebounding, controlled the boards 38-29.

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