FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Bobby Portis scored a career-high 35 points in lifting Arkansas to a 65-58 win over Alabama on Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-10 forward also set the school record for most points in a game by a freshman, passing Scotty Thurman’s mark of 34 points — which was set during the 1992-93 season.
Portis, a McDonald’s All-American, scored 29 of the first 35 points for the Razorbacks (14-8, 3-6 Southeastern Conference), who narrowly avoided their third home loss in four games. He added nine rebounds and six blocks and finished 14 of 17 from the field.
Rodney Cooper led the Crimson Tide (9-13, 3-6), which has now lost five of its last six games, with 22 points, while Trevor Relaford added 12.
Alabama shot just 21 of 59 (35.6 percent) from the field, including 4 of 17 on 3-pointers.
The Crimson Tide led 26-24 at halftime following a buzzer-beating jumper by Cooper to end the first half.
off KU upset bid
STILLWATER — Roshunda Johnson and Brittney Martin each converted one of two free throws in the final 19 seconds to allow No. 12 Oklahoma State hold off a late threat from Kansas, 76-74 Wednesday night.
Chelsea Gardner converted two free throws and added a layup with 12 seconds left to cut the Oklahoma State lead to three, 74-71. After Johnson hit the second of two free throws, Charlicia Harper converted a three-point play to make it a one-point game with 12 seconds left, but missed a layup that would have tied the game with two seconds remaining.
LaShawn Jones had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead Oklahoma State (19-3, 8-3 Big 12), with Martin adding 15, Tiffany Bias 14 and Johnson 13.
Kansas (11-12, 4-7) was led by Gardner’s 25 points and 11 rebounds. Harper finished with 15 points and Natalie Knight added 12.
Old Dominion 65,
NORFOLK, Va. – Kadan Brady led the Golden Hurricane (10-9, 4-4) with 17 points, all of which came in the first half, while Mariah Turner, Ashley Clark and Stevi Parker each added eight points. Old Dominion fell to 11-12 and 4-5.
Parker pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds, 10 on the defensive side of the ball, had three blocks, and even though it doesn’t show up in the stat sheet took six charges in the contest.