Alabama 79, Arkansas 68

Rodney Cooper scored 17 points Thursday night as depleted

Alabama held on for a 79-68 win at Arkansas.

The win is the second straight for the Crimson Tide, which

played without leading scorers JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell for

the fourth straight game due to suspensions.

Alabama (18-9, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) trailed 39-35 late

in the first half before going on a 19-2 run to go up 54-41. It

then was able to fight off a late run by the Razorbacks.

Andrew Steele scored 15 points for the Crimson Tide, while Nick

Jacobs and Trevor Releford had 14 each.

The loss for the Razorbacks (17-11, 5-8) is their second

straight at home after opening the season 17-0 in Bud Walton Arena.

BJ Young led Arkansas with 21 points and five assists.