TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Ticker) -- In a game where Alabama had trouble shooting, Arkansas was even worse.
Antoine Pettway scored 14 points off the bench and fourth-ranked Alabama extended its home winning streak to 27 games with a 61-51 win over Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference opener for both West division teams.
Erwin Dudley added 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Crimson Tide (11-1), which has not lost at home since a 66-63 loss to Arkansas on February 28, 2001.
No other player reached double digits in scoring for Alabama, which shot just 38 percent (19-of-50) from the floor.
Arkansas (5-7), however, shot a mere 35 percent (17-of-48) overall and 24 percent in the first half and Crimson Tide coach Mark Gottfried said a swarming defense was the reason.
"I really like our defense. We've been talking about that the last three or four weeks," Gottfried said. "Although we were defending them well, we still had our opportunity to make some shots and didn't."
Kendrick Davis scored 13 points for the Razorbacks, with Dionisio Gomez and freshman Jonathon Modica each scoring 10.
The victory marked a small bit of redemption for Alabama, which lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last spring to Kent State, which was guided by current Arkansas coach Stan Heath.
"The loss is hard to swallow. When I look at the things we did today, we really defended Alabama very well," said Heath, whose team made just 12-of-22 free throws. "When I look back at all the things on the stat sheet, the one sore eye for me again is free-throw shooting. You can't beat a fourth-ranked team in the country if you're not going to do all the little things."
Alabama's Emmett Thomas played with a sprained left patella suffered on Saturday and scored nine points.
The Crimson Tide built a 25-17 halftime lead by holding Arkansas to one point over the final 8:29 before intermission. Alabama never looked back, pushing the lead as high as 14 in the second half.
"We played pretty good," Dudley said. "We played good on defense, but we have not had our best offensive game yet."
The game marked the debut of heralded Alabama freshman Kennedy Winston, who missed the first 11 games while the NCAA reviewed possible improper benefits for playing AAU basketball. Winston had six points and four rebounds in 12 minutes.
"I was just getting my feet wet, getting used to the game and trying to help my team win," Winston said. "I think I can help a lot. I just got to get used to things."
Pettway scored the bulk of his points on four 3-pointers as the Crimson Tide got 27 points off the bench.
The Razorbacks lost their third straight game and are 0-3 on the road.