Releford, Alabama roll past Arkansas, 83-58
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Trevor Releford scored 24 points and Shannon Hale added 18 to lead Alabama to an 83-58 victory over Arkansas on Saturday, snapping the Razorbacks' six-game winning streak.
The Crimson Tide (13-18, 7-11 Southeastern Conference) capped a disappointing regular season by dominating from start to finish a team that appeared to be playing its way into the NCAA tournament. Arkansas (21-10, 10-8) was held to a season-low in points three days after pouring on 110 points to rout Mississippi.
Levi Randolph scored 11 points and Jimmie Taylor had 10 on 5-of-5 shooting for the Crimson Tide.
Rashad Madden led Arkansas with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Bobby Portis scored 17 for the Razorbacks inTuscaloosa.
Alabama hit 29 of 53 shots (54.7 percent) while holding Arkansas to 15 of 48 (31.3 percent).
Louisiana-Lafayette edges Arkansas State 77-76
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Elfrid Payton sank a 3-pointer in the final 14 seconds to give Louisiana-Lafayette a winning 77-76 edge over Arkansas State on Saturday night.
Payton had 17 points overall. Shawn Long led the scoring for the Ragin' Cajuns (20-11, 11-7 Sun Belt) with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Melvin Johnson the Third mounted a solo 11-2 run - including a trio of 3-pointers - midway through the first half to help Arkansas State to a 38-35 halftime lead.
In the second, Louisiana took a 43-40 advantage with 17:28 left before the Red Wolves responded with a 17-3 run to go up 57-46 with 12:28 to play. The Ragin' Cajuns kept it close with Xavian Rimmer, Shawn Long and Elfrid Payton hitting from beyond the arc until a final Payton 3 with 14 seconds left gave the team the winning one-point lead.
Johnson the Third led the Red Wolves (18-12, 10-8) with 28 points.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff handles Miss. Valley St. 83-68
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - DaVon Haynes scored 22 points and Tevin Hammond had 20 as Arkansas-Pine Bluff closed its regular season with an 83-68 win over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday.
Daniel Broughton added 14 points, hitting 4 of 8 from 3-point range for Arkansas-Pine Bluff (13-17, 11-7 Southwestern Athletic Conference), which went 12 of 25 from beyond the arc. Hammond was 3 of 6 on 3-pointers.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff never trailed, building a 42-33 halftime advantage and leading by as many as 19 in the second half en route to their ninth win in their last 11 games.
Anthony McDonald and Jeffrey Simmons each had 14 points for Mississippi Valley State (9-22, 5-13), which has lost eight of its last nine and was playing its first game under interim head coach Marcus Thomas after former head coach Chico Potts was reassigned to another position.
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Stephen F. Austin dominates Central Arkansas 85-61
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) - Thomas Walkup and Desmond Haymon combined for 44 points and 16 rebounds as Stephen F. Austin cruised past Central Arkansas 85-61 Saturday night.
SFA, which had already secured the regular season Southland Conference championship, picked up its 26th consecutive victory. The Lumberjacks have also now won 33 in a row on their home court and finished conference play undefeated. SFA will not play in the conference tournament until the semifinal game on Friday.
The Lumberjacks (29-2, 18-0) held a 42-30 halftime advantage and were up 73-44 with 8:05 remaining. UCA only trailed 19-15 midway of the first half but the Lumberjacks quickly moved to a 31-19 advantage.
Walkup finished with 24 points and eight rebounds and Haymon had 20 points and eight rebounds. Deshaunt Walker had 16 points and Jacob Parker added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
DeShone McClure led UCA (8-21, 5-13) with 21 points in Nacogdoches, Texas.
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