Arkansas 63

(17-8, 5-7 SEC)

(16) Alabama 72

(20-4, 9-2 SEC)

    8:00 PM ET, February 16, 2005

    Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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    ARK 34 2963
    #16ALA 33 3972

    Top Performers

    Arkansas: J. Modica 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast

    Alabama: C. Davis 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

    Davis scored 16 of his 21 points in second half

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- A virus couldn't stop Chuck Davis. Neither could Arkansas.

    An ailing Davis scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, leading Alabama (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today; No. 16 AP) to a 72-63 victory on Wednesday night and prompting a plea from Razorbacks coach Stan Heath.

    "Next time I hope you're healthy," he told Davis after the game.

    The Crimson Tide (20-4, 9-2 Southeastern Conference), which secured its second straight 20-win season, trailed by two points early in the first half before Davis got hot.

    He spent Monday in bed, practiced a little on Tuesday and his game seemed a tad under the weather in the first half, when he attempted only two shots. Davis blamed the defense for that, not his illness.

    "They were playing a zone and doubling down so there weren't opportunities for many shots," said Davis, who was 7-of-9 from the field. "At halftime, Coach (Mark) Gottfried stressed getting the ball inside. They went to man defense, and it was my opportunity to score."

    He took advantage of it after Arkansas (17-8, 5-7) went up 39-37 early in the second half. Davis started Alabama's 16-5 rally with a jump shot and capped it with a basket and free throw to give the Tide a 53-44 lead with 11:01 left. The Razorbacks couldn't come closer than seven points after that and had their three-game winning streak snapped.

    Davis also had four steals and two blocked shots in 37 minutes but was only 7-of-13 from the free throw line.

    "He's been weak and hasn't practiced," Gottfried said. "He played a lot of minutes, more than I wanted him to. But in the second half we just kept going to him down there and he had a lot of success."

    Earnest Shelton had 12 of his 19 points in the second half for Alabama.

    "He played great tonight for not feeling well," Shelton said of Davis.

    Kennedy Winston added 18 points for the Tide.

    Heath said the Razorbacks focused more on defending the Tide's two outside threats than on Davis -- and paid for it.

    "You have to make a decision on which one you want to hurt you a little bit more," he said. "We made the decision for it to be Davis and he did."

    Jonathon Modica was 6-of-7 from the field and scored 16 points for Arkansas but only attempted one shot in the second half. Darian Townes had 14 points and 12 rebounds while leading scorer Ronnie Brewer added 11 on 4-of-13 shooting.

    Alabama, which has won nine of 10 games, shot 54 percent from the field and made 24 of 36 free throws. Arkansas was whistled for 26 fouls to the Tide's nine.

    Alabama pulled away once Davis started attacking the basket, frequently drawing fouls against Razorbacks freshmen Townes and Steven Hill, both of whom wound up in foul trouble.

    Alabama's already thin bench was further depleted. Backup forward Justin Jonus sat out the game with the flu while reserve point guard Albert Weber missed his second straight game for unspecified personal reasons.

    Shelton, Winston and Davis had all but 14 of Alabama's points and the bench produced only five.

    The Razorbacks closed the first half on an 18-5 run, taking their first lead at 34-33 on Ferguson's quick 3-pointer after a turnover with 1:12 left. They were the final points of the half.

    Modica scored the first eight points of the spurt, including two 3-pointers, and has 68 points in the past four games after breaking out of a scoring drought. The Tide eased its way into control in the second half.

    "Their run was very subtle," Heath said. "It wasn't a major run where they were just fast-breaking, getting dunks. I was more concerned that we weren't executing as well as we needed to against the zone."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 63 72
    FG Made-Attempted 25-58 (.431) 22-41 (.537)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-17 (.353) 4-13 (.308)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-12 (.583) 24-36 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 12

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