Portis, Qualls lead No. 23 Arkansas to 82-70 win over Vanderbilt
FAYETTEVILLE, AR (arkansasrazorbacks.com) – Propelled by a combined season-high 52 points from sophomore Bobby Portis and junior Michael Qualls, the University of Arkansas men's basketball team defeated Vanderbilt 82-70 in its Southeastern Conference home opener at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday.
With the victory Arkansas improved to 13-3 overall, 2-0 in the SEC, while Vanderbilt fell to 11-4 overall, 1-1 in the SEC
Scoring a season-high 32 points and grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds, Portis came away with his third double-double in five games. The Little Rock, Arkansas native's five dunks brought him to 20 on the season after having 17 total in 2013-14. Portis was heavily involved in the Razorback's offensive plan, as her totaled a career-high 18 shot attempts and connected on 13 of them for a 72.2 shooting percentage.
Also performing well on the day was Qualls, who scored 20 points and collected six rebounds. The 20-point effort was the sixth of the season for the Shreveport, Louisiana native and his first since a 28-point outing against Northwestern State on Dec. 28. It was the ninth career game with 20 or more points for Qualls.
Starting out with a bang, Arkansas forced three turnovers from Vanderbilt's first three possessions, which set the tone for a 22-11 advantage for the Razorbacks in turnovers. The 22 turnovers proved to be vital as they led to 31 Arkansas point and offset a 52-percent shooting night from the Commodores.
The Razorbacks were also strong on the glass as they collected 33 total caroms to Vanderbilt's 27. Arkansas held a 15-8 offensive rebound advantage that contributed to 19 second chance points.
Arkansas is back in action on Jan. 13 when it faces Tennessee in Knoxville.