Cooper helps Alabama past Arkansas 79-68

By Kurt Voigt

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Feb. 23 2012 7:25 p.m. MST

Arkansas' Mardracus Wade, left, falls backward after contact with Alabama's Trevor Relaford (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fayetteville, Ark., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012.

April L. Brown, Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — 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.

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