FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas (Ticker) -- Alabama coach Mark Gottfried picked up career victory No. 200 but had other reasons to smile.
Earnest Shelton continued to emerge from his recent funk with 18 points and Chuck Davis added 17 as No. 21 Alabama posted a 64-61 triumph over Southeastern Conference West Division rival Arkansas.
The Crimson Tide survived some tight final seconds as a free throw by Kennedy Winston pushed Alabama's lead to 64-61 with nine seconds to go. But Winston - a 75 percent free throw shooter - missed for the third time in five attempts on the night and Arkansas' Darien Townes pulled down the rebound.
Eric Ferguson raced into the frontcourt and used a pick to get off a wide-open 3-pointer that clanged off the front of the rim with 2.7 seconds to go. Both teams raced for the rebound, which bounded harmlessly out of bounds as time expired.
Gottfried, who improved to 132-78 at Alabama (13-3, 2-1 SEC), saw Shelton pass him for 34th place on the school's all-time points list 2:31 into the contest.
Ronnie Brewer led Arkansas (13-3, 1-2) with 15 points.
"We played hard, but we didn't make the best decisions," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "I thought we hurried ourselves too much. We didn't rebound or reposition ourselves for good shots."
Trailing by seven midway through the second half, Arkansas drew within 47-46 following Ferguson's jumper with 9:15 to go. But a 3-pointer by Winston with 3:01 left pushed the Alabama lead to 63-57.
Brewer had a jumper 16 seconds later and Jonathon Modica made it a two-point game on a layup with 48 seconds left, setting the stage for the late frenzy.
Arkansas was cruising with a 33-24 lead 16 1/2 minutes into the contest but failed to score the remainder of the half and trailed 34-33 at the break.
Shelton had five and Davis four in the half-ending spurt.
The Razorbacks then went the first 4:25 of the second half without scoring and were down 39-33 when Brewer finally scored.
Alabama got just four points from its bench.
Modica had 11 points off the bench and Olu Famutimi chipped in 10 for Arkansas, which was outrebounded, 32-25.
Gottfried got his first 68 wins at Murray State and has an overall record of 200-102.