Arkansas defeats No. 13 Kentucky 87-85 in OT
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Arkansas defeats No. 13 Kentucky 87-85 in OT

[quote]FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Michael Qualls has a history of poster-worthy dunks in his two seasons at Arkansas.

His latest might just become a thing of legend around the state.

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

The win came at a time of desperation for the Razorbacks (12-4, 1-2 Southeastern Conference), who had opened SEC play with two losses — including a heartbreaking overtime defeat to No. 7 Florida on Saturday at home.

And it came in dramatic fashion, thanks to the high-flying Qualls, who said he also won two games in high school with last-second rebound dunks.

The sophomore entered the game leading the Razorbacks in scoring at 12.7 points per game, but he had struggled mightily in SEC play — shooting a combined 3-for-22 (13.6 percent) in the first two conference games.

“Crashing the boards in that type of situation is the best time to crash the boards,” Qualls said. “They forget about you. I just saw an opportunity and took it.”

 

via: ESPN [/quote]

 

Arkansas guard Rashad Madden (00) drives to the basket against Kentucky guards Aaron Harrison (2) and James Young (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Arkansas guard Rashad Madden (00) drives to the basket against Kentucky guards Aaron Harrison (2) and James Young (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison, (5), attempts a pass while tumbling to the ground over Arkansas guard Kikko Haydar, (20), as they attempt to receive an inbound pass during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark.. Akansas defeated Kentucky 87-85 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison, (5), attempts a pass while tumbling to the ground over Arkansas guard Kikko Haydar, (20), as they attempt to receive an inbound pass during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark.. Akansas defeated Kentucky 87-85 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Jarrod Polson, (3), collides with Arkansas guard Kikko Haydar, (20), as they attempt to receive an inbound pass during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark.. Akansas defeated Kentucky 87-85 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Jarrod Polson, (3), collides with Arkansas guard Kikko Haydar, (20), as they attempt to receive an inbound pass during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark.. Akansas defeated Kentucky 87-85 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Arkansas guard Michael Qualls, (24), celebrates in with the student section after an overtime victory in an NCAA basketball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Arkansas guard Michael Qualls, (24), celebrates in with the student section after an overtime victory in an NCAA basketball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson waits with his team after an overtime victory in an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson waits with his team after an overtime victory in an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison, (5), attempts a last second shot as Arkansas forward Alandise Harris, (2), attempts to block during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison, (5), attempts a last second shot as Arkansas forward Alandise Harris, (2), attempts to block during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison, (5), recovers from a faked shot as Arkansas guard Mardracus Wade, (1), attempts a block during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison, (5), recovers from a faked shot as Arkansas guard Mardracus Wade, (1), attempts a block during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky head coach John Calipari complains to a referee after an overtime loss in an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky head coach John Calipari complains to a referee after an overtime loss in an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Arkansas guard Kikko Haydar, (20), celebrates in with the student section after an overtime victory in an NCAA basketball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Arkansas guard Kikko Haydar, (20), celebrates in with the student section after an overtime victory in an NCAA basketball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison, (2), reacts after losing on a final shot in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison, (2), reacts after losing on a final shot in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Julius Randle, 30, runs to his bench to celebrate with his team after a defensive stop during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Julius Randle, 30, runs to his bench to celebrate with his team after a defensive stop during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Julius Randle, left, celebrates after driving to the basket and being fouled by Arkansas guard Michael Qualls, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky guard Julius Randle, left, celebrates after driving to the basket and being fouled by Arkansas guard Michael Qualls, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky center Dakari Johnson, center, is hit under the basket by Arkansas forward Coty Clarke, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky center Dakari Johnson, center, is hit under the basket by Arkansas forward Coty Clarke, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Arkansas guard Fred Gulley III (12) weaves to the basket through Kentucky forward Julius Randle, (30), and guard Aaron Harrison, (2), during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Arkansas guard Fred Gulley III (12) weaves to the basket through Kentucky forward Julius Randle, (30), and guard Aaron Harrison, (2), during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky head coach John Calipari, left, instructs Kentucky guard James Young, right, after a foul during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky head coach John Calipari, left, instructs Kentucky guard James Young, right, after a foul during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky head coach John Calipari yells to his bench during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Kentucky head coach John Calipari yells to his bench during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

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