Kingsley, Bell lead Arkansas past Alabama, 62-61
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) The Arkansas Razorbacks are delivering as the games and season wind down.
Anthlon Bell hit two free throws with 4 seconds left and Moses Kingsley scored 19 points, helping Arkansas hold on for a 62-61 win over Alabama on Wednesday night. They've won four in a row, and delivered on defense and the free throw line when they had to.
The Razorbacks (16-14, 9-8 Southeastern Conference) held off Alabama on three consecutive possessions in the final minute to keep the streak going.
''They blocked some bigtime shots in there, but our guys withstood anything that Alabama brought at us,'' Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. ''It's going to be a good ride home with this basketball team because, trust me, they've had their share of adversity games where we don't make the play. We're starting to make plays.''
Dusty Hannahs hit one of two free throws with 18 seconds left and the Crimson Tide (17-12, 8-9) missed two shots.
Then Bell, who scored 17 points, sealed the win from the line. Alabama's Retin Obasohan drilled a last-second 3-pointer to finish with 32 points in his final regular-season home game.
Kingsley had 14 points in the second half and finished with eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Hannahs scored 10.
Shannon Hale scored 10 for Alabama, which has lost three of four to damage its once-robust NCAA Tournament hopes after starting out picked to finish 13th in the SEC.
''The season's not over,'' Obasohan said. ''We're still in a position to do far more than anything we could have possibly imagined.''
Leading by 1, Arkansas got the ball across midcourt to Hannahs, forcing Alabama to foul the 86 percent free throw shooter. But Hannahs missed his second attempt with 18 seconds left and Riley Norris cleared the rebound.
Alabama called its final timeout with 13 seconds remaining and Obasohan tried to drive by Anton Beard but his shot bounced off the glass. Michael Kessens saved the ball out to Justin Coleman, who fired up an off-balance 3-pointer from the top of the key that went off the left side of the rim.
Obasohan had to quickly foul Bell, himself an 84 percent shooter from the line. Arkansas needed both free throws, it turns out, and Anderson wasn't taking them for granted.
''I felt even better when Dusty was up there and he missed one,'' the coach said. ''You never know. It was Anthlon's night tonight. He stepped up and he was big for us.''
Obasohan scored the first six points of the second half - and 11 of the Tide's initial 13 - to carry Alabama back from a seven-point deficit. He twice converted three-point plays with baskets and free throws but couldn't finish off the comeback. He was 10 of 19 shooting, making half of Alabama's 20 field goals.
''We obviously were trying to get the ball into Retin's hands and wanted him to break the defense down,'' Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. ''When he passed the ball we just didn't make shots. We got some great looks.''
Obasohan came into the game averaging 20.3 points in SEC games. No Alabama player has averaged 20-plus against league opponents since Buck Johnson in 1985-86. It was also the regular-season home finale for Arthur Edwards, who was escorted by his teammates in the pre-game ceremony because his family couldn't make it from Washington, D.C.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, a friend of Johnson, sat courtside for the game. He spoke to the team during the pre-game shootaround.
Arkansas: Attempted just 11 3-pointers, making three.
Alabama: Fell to 5-2 in one-possession games. Had eight blocked shots, five from freshman Donta Hall.
Arkansas hosts South Carolina on Saturday.
Alabama visits Georgia on Saturday.