Fayetteville, AR (SportsNetwork.com) - The Southeastern Conference's leading scorer, Bobby Portis, tallied 17 points and eight rebounds as the Arkansas Razorbacks defeated the Tennessee Volunteers, 69-64, in SEC action at Bud Walton Arena.
Michael Qualls also scored 17 points for Arkansas (16-4, 5-2 SEC) and grabbed six rebounds. Alandise Harris and Anton Beard each netted 10 points in the victory.
Josh Richardson led Tennessee (12-7, 4-3) with 17 points and six assists. Robert Hubbs III contributed with 15 points, while Armani Moore finished with 12 points and six boards. Kevin Punter added 10 points and four steals.
Tennessee held a slim 37-35 advantage heading into halftime. The Razorbacks converted 46.2 percent of their field goal tries in the opening period, while the Volunteers made only 41.4 percent of their shot attempts. But Tennessee went 11-of-13 at the free-throw line, which helped give them the two-point lead.
Arkansas netted 48.0 percent of its field goal tries in the final period. The Volunteers improved in the second half by converting 46.2 percent of their shot attempts, but they couldn't match their opening period free throw mark, as Tennessee their only two chances at the charity stripe.
The game featured 14 ties and eight lead changes as the hosts overcame 18 turnovers to secure the win.