Arkansas snaps skid with 89-80 win over Alabama

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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. Stefan Welsh made the first and Clarke made the next three, giving him five for the game and putting Arkansas ahead 57-44.

Clarke’s sixth 3 of the game—from the left corner—made it 64-51.

Jamychal Green scored 24 points for Alabama and Alonzo Gee added 18.

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 Alabama
JaMychal Green JaMychal Green
9-11,  24 Pts
4 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Arkansas
Rotnei Clarke Rotnei Clarke
9-13,  26 Pts
2 Rebs, 2 Assists

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