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Huntsville native & Tide basketball star John Petty breaks school record

It was a historic day for Alabama's John Petty as the Tide took on Arkansas.
Credit: Alabama Athletics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. β€” The Alabama men’s basketball team claimed its seventh consecutive victory, and sixth-straight Southeastern Conference win, as it rolled past Arkansas, 90-59, on Saturday afternoon in Coleman Coliseum. With the victory, the Crimson Tide improved to 11-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 in league play, which is its best conference start since beginning the 1987 conference season with eight consecutive wins.

The 31-point win was the Crimson Tide’s largest victory in SEC play since defeating Mississippi State 75-43 in Starkville, Miss., on Jan. 16, 2013. It is also the first time since the 2011-12 campaign that Alabama has won seven consecutive games.

Guard John Petty Jr. had a team-leading 17 points on the strength of 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc. With his five threes on the night, Petty set the program’s all-time three-point record with 265 career threes surpassing former standout Brian Williams who had 263 threes from 1996-99. Additionally, Petty (1,313 points) became the 28th player in program history to eclipse 1,300 career points.

Guard Jaden Shackelford collected 16 points and drained four threes, while forward Herbert Jones added 13 points in the victory.

Arkansas was led by guard Moses Moody who finished with a game-high 28 points and nine boards in the losing effort.