The Razorbacks got their first conference win of the season and put an end to a four game losing streak, beating the Crimson Tide of Alabama 89-80.
Freshman Guard Rotnei Clarke also bounced back in a big way tonight, scoring 26 points on 6-10 shooting from 3 point range, and Michael Washington added 17 points to give the Razorbacks a much needed victory.
The Hogs had been reeling after four straight conference losses, but they came out tonight more focused than we’ve seen them since the conference season started. Courtney Fortson set the tone for the Razorbacks, returning to his pre-conference form and leading the Razorbacks with 9 assists, and committing just 3 turnovers. The Razorbacks also shot better than they have since conference play started, shooting 49% from the field, 42.9% from the 3 point line, and 80% from the free throw line.
Player of the game:
Rotnei Clarke. He finally got his stroke back, and also made some great drives to the basket, and some really nice passes tonight.
Step-up Player of the Game:
Michael Sanchez. The Freshman big man contributed 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, and more importantly, his ability to score helped stop Alabama’s ability to double team Michael Washington.
The Razorbacks travel to LSU to face the Tigers that are currently tied for the lead in the SEC West.