Bobby Portis has had his fair share of highs and lows this season for the Arkansas basketball team. No freshman in program history has ever had the high he achieved Wednesday night.
Portis set an Arkansas freshman record with 35 points in the 65-58 win over Alabama at Bud Walton Arena.
That topped Scott Thurman’s mark of 34 set set during the 1992-1993 season.
Portis scored 29 of the first 35 points for the Razorbacks including 17 straight points. He added nine rebounds and six blocks and finished 14 of 17 from the field.
The rest of the Arkansas team struggled from the field all night long, going 1-25 at one point.
Alabama led 26-24 at the half, but Ports came out in the second frame and scored the first 11 points for the Razorbacks to give them a slight edge.
The lead changed multiple times throughout the second half, with Alabama’s last lead coming at the 7:29 mark, 46-45. Alandise Harris, who was suspended from the LSU game for conduct detrimental to the team, hit a jumper on the next possession to give the Hogs the lead for good.
Alabama cut the lead back down to three in the final minute, but two Portis free throws with under 20 seconds to go iced the game.
Arkansas moves to 14-8, 3-6 in the SEC. Up next,the Hogs faces Vanderbilt on the road for a 3 p.m. tip on Saturday