TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Ticker) -- Arkansas tightened the screws with a late run in the first half. Alabama's Chuck Davis loosened them after intermission.
Davis scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and Earnest Shelton added 19 as the No. 17 Crimson Tide captured their third straight win with a 72-63 Southeastern Conference victory over the Razorbacks.
Shooting 58 percent (22-of-38) from the the field, Alabama (20-4, 8-2 SEC West) improved to 12-0 at Coleman Coliseum this season and recorded its fourth 20-win campaign in five years.
Behind 11 points by Kennedy Winston, the Crimson Tide took a 25-14 lead with 9:42 remaining in the first half. But the Razorbacks rallied behind the shooting of Jonathon Modica, who had two 3-pointers and a layup during an 18-5 run that gave Arkansas a 34-33 lead at the half.
"I was excited about the way we played in the first half," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "This was a hard fought game by both teams. We needed a game like this against a ranked team on the road."
Stinging from the Arkansas spurt, Alabama turned over the second half to Davis. He scored six points in the first five minutes of the half as the Crimson Tide forged a 43-39 advantage. The junior forward added five during a 10-4 run that made it 58-48 with 7:56 left.
"I don't think I took many shots in the first half," Davis said. "They were playing a zone and doubling down so there weren't many opportunities for many shots. At halftime, coach (Mark) Gottfried stressed getting the ball inside. They went to a man defense and it was my opportunity to score."
Alabama also went to a full-court press, forcing Arkansas into numerous turnovers that it converted into easy baskets. The Tide finished with 20 points off 16 Razorbacks' turnovers.
"I thought we were too cautious against the press initially," Heath said. "We allowed the defense to get set and passed around the horn. We didn't attack the short corner."
Davis, who was recovering from flu-like symptoms earlier in the week, shot 7-of-9 and pulled down six rebounds.
"He didn't leave the bed on Monday," said Shelton about Davis' recently illness. "Today he said he was feeling better and he came out to get a workout in and maybe sweat some of it out."
"I was feeling good and felt like I was in good shape," Davis said. "I felt like the days off didn't affect me. (Athletic trainer) John (Morr) kept giving me fluids and I felt good."
Shelton finished with three 3-pointers and Winston scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Tide, who have won five of the last six meetings with the Razorbacks.
Modica had just one of his 16 points after halftime and Darian Townes added 14 for Arkansas, which missed all six of its 3-point attempts in the second half and finished 38 percent (6-of-16) from the arc.