FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP)Rotnei Clarke scored 26 points, breaking out of a shooting slump to help Arkansas beat Alabama 89-80 Thursday night.
The Razorbacks snapped a four-game losing streak and spoiled the debut of Philip Pearson, the Crimson Tide’s interim coach. Pearson took over for Mark Gottfried, who resigned Monday.
Clarke had made only three 3-pointers in Arkansas’ first four Southeastern Conference games. He made six against Alabama (12-8, 2-4), including four in the second half.
The Razorbacks (13-5, 1-4) led by only three early in the second but pulled away with four quick 3-pointers. Welsh made the first and Clarke made the next three, giving him five for the game and putting Arkansas ahead 57-44. [read more]