Portis Leads Razorbacks to 2-0 SEC Start

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For the first time since 2008 the Arkansas basketball team has started 2-0 in SEC play.

The Hogs ran away late from Vanderbilt, 82-70, Saturday at Bud Walton Arena to improve to 13-2 overall.

Bobby Portis led Arkansas with 32 points (13-18 shooting) and 11 rebounds. It was the sixth time he has scored at least 20 point this season.

Michael Qualls added 20 points. The rest of the team scored 30.

The Razorbacks build an early lead, forcing 14 turnovers in the first half, and went into half time leading 36-28.

Vanderbilt cut the led to 51-50 with 11:30 to go thanks to some hot shooting from behind the arc.

Arkansas responded quickly with a Portis put back and a Rashad Madden three to get the lead back to eight with under 10 minutes to go.

The plan of putting pressure on a young Vanderbilt team starting three freshman worked for the Hogs. The Commodores committed a season high 22 turnovers. Arkansas turned that in 31 points.

Up next, the Razorbacks head to Tennessee Tuesday night for a 6 p.m. game.