The Red team beat the White team, 99-98, at Bud Walton Arena Wednesday night thanks to Michael Qualls' last-second putback.
Trailing by one in the final seconds, Qualls provided a highlight Arkansas fans have seen before as he threw down a put-back dunk with 0.5 seconds left to lead the Red squad to a dramatic win.
Last year, Qualls converted a similar put-back dunk in overtime to defeat Kentucky at Bud Walton Arena. It was one of his eight appearances on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays in 2013-14.
“I knew once Rashad’s shot went up who to look for but I couldn’t get over there quick enough,” said a smiling Bobby Portis, who had game-highs of 28 points and 14 rebounds in a losing effort on the White team. “He’s got a knack for making the big play.”
Qualls’ dunk wasn’t his only highlight of the second half, as the ultra-athletic wing scored 19 of his team-high 21 points over the final 20 minutes to help the Red squad climb out of a deficit that reached as high as 20 points late in the first half. Madden, whose shot was dunked home by Qualls at the end of the game both tonight and against Kentucky last January, finished with 17 points and 11 assists.
“We were down big early, but we knew if we could get in a rhythm in the second half we could chip away at the lead,” said Madden. “It wasn’t just one guy doing the scoring either. Once one guy made a shot it was contagious.”
After four lead changes in the first three minutes, the White team held the lead for the entire game until the final minute. Portis reached double-double status by the end of the first half (19 points and 10 rebounds), as the White squad owned a 59-49 lead at the break.
Five players on each team reached double figures, as both teams shot over 50 percent from the field. Portis’ 28 points came on 11-of-21 from the floor, while junior Jacorey Williams joined Portis with a double-double of his own with 17 points and 10 boards. Junior Jabril Durham added 15 points in his debut in front of Razorback fans while senior Alandise Harris and junior Dusty Hannahs contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Led by Madden’s 11 helpers, the Red team passed out 22 assists on its 38 made field goals. Qualls and sophomore Moses Kinglsey accounted for 29 of the 50 points scored in the second half comeback by the Red squad. Kingsley finished with 18 points and was equaled by freshman Anton Beard. Junior Anthlon Bell was the final player off the victors in double figures with 15 points.