Qualls' slam helps Arkansas edge No. 13 Kentucky in OT
Fayetteville, AR (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Qualls' two-handed tip slam with 0.2 seconds left in overtime lifted the Arkansas Razorbacks to an exhilarating 87-85 win over 13th-ranked Kentucky in an SEC battle from Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas (12-4, 1-2 SEC) hoped to avoid its second straight overtime tilt and led 74-71 late in regulation, but Andrew Harrison's uncontested 3-pointer from the right wing with a second left forced overtime.
The teams traded blows throughout the extra session, with a pair of Qualls free throws 27 seconds before the final buzzer giving the Razorbacks another three-point advantage.
On the other end, James Young drilled a triple which would have led to a second overtime, but Qualls had other ideas. As the seconds trickled down, Rashad Madden isolated his man on the right wing before launching a pull-up 3. No one blocked out Qualls on the weak side, and the rebound caromed into the hands of the 6-foot-6 sophomore. Qualls rose well above the rim before slamming it home to the delight of the home crowd.
Qualls and Madden netted 18 points apiece to lead Arkansas, which avoided back-to-back home losses for the first time since Feb 23-28, 2012.
01/15 00:11:13 ET