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Qualls' dunk lifts Arkansas over UK

BY KURT VOIGT Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Michael Qualls slammed home a thundering two-hand dunk with .2 seconds remaining in overtime to send Arkansas to an 87-85 victory over No. 13 Kentucky on Tuesday night.

The win ends a two-game losing streak for the Razorbacks (12-4, 1-2 Southeastern Conference), who have won three straight at home over the Wildcats.

Qualls, who finished with 18 points, flew in from the baseline as time was winding down and corralled Ky Madden's 3-point miss for the dunk - sending the season-high Bud Walton Arena crowd of 18,619 into a frenzy.

Madden had 18 points for Arkansas, while Alandise Harris finished with 12 and Bobby Portis 11.

James Young led Kentucky (12-4, 2-1) with 23 points, while Julius Randle had 20 and Aaron Harrison 16.

Arkansas nearly won the game in regulation, taking a 74-71 lead with 9.5 seconds remaining on a three-point play by Harris.

However, Andrew Harrison answered for Kentucky - slipping under a screen and connecting on a wide-open 3-pointer from in front of the Wildcats bench to tie the game with 1.2 seconds remaining.

The game appeared headed for a second overtime after Young's 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left tied the game at 85.

Following Young's shot, Arkansas didn't call a timeout. Madden tried to win the game with a 3-point attempt from the right corner, but it hit the front of the rim and bounced right into the hands of the streaking Qualls.

The Wildcats were then unable to get the ball inbounds with .2 seconds remaining and had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Arkansas entered the game in desperate need of a win after the two straight losses to open SEC play, including an overtime loss to No. 7 Florida on Saturday.

The Razorbacks played like it early, leading by as many as nine points in the first half before settling for a 43-41 lead.

They did so by scoring 14 points off 10 turnovers by the Wildcats, who controlled the inside but struggled against Arkansas' pressure defense.

Mardracus Wade gave the Razorbacks their largest lead of the first half with a 3-pointer that made it 37-28 as Arkansas tried to rebound after having its 23-game home winning streak snapped by the Gators.

Kentucky answered the run with a 10-0 burst of its own, doing so behind a dominating inside game. Young had six points during the run, including a steal and layup to go up 38-37.

Young had 14 points in the first half as Kentucky went 13 of 19 (68.4 percent) from the field.

The teams combined to commit 60 fouls. Arkansas was 29 of 41 (70.7 percent) from the free throw line, while the Wildcats were 26 of 40 (65 percent).

- AP

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