FAYETTEVILLE — Michael Qualls helped Arkansas beat Kentucky with a putback dunk in the final second of overtime last season.

FAYETTEVILLE — Michael Qualls helped Arkansas beat Kentucky with a putback dunk in the final second of overtime last season.


The stakes weren’t nearly the same during Arkansas’ Red-White scrimmage in Bud Walton Arena on Wednesday night. Qualls repeated the feat anyway.


The junior’s putback dunk lifted the Red to a 99-98 win over the White during the intrasquad scrimmage in front of an announced crowd of 3,500. In a scenario reminiscent of his dramatic end to the 87-85 win against the Wildcats, Qualls raced in from the wing to get his hands on a missed shot by Ky Madden in the final second.


The dunk came with 0.5 second left.


"Same thing as the first time," Qualls said. "I just crashed the boards at the end. I was just trying to test my luck and got another one."


The game-winning play put the finishing touches on a big second half for Qualls, who scored 19 of his team-high 21 points after the break. Qualls teamed with Madden (17 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists) to help the Red erase a 10-point halftime deficit and beat a White team led by forward Bobby Portis.


"I already knew what was going to happen," Portis said about Qualls’ scrimmage-winning dunk. "But I couldn’t get there quick enough."


The White team still had a chance to get off a shot after the dunk. But in another Kentucky-like twist, Arkansas forward Alandise Harris’ pass hit the scoreboard and bounced off as time expired. The ball got stuck in the scoreboard when Kentucky attempted its full-court pass with 0.2 second on the clock last winter.


Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said it was a "weird" coincidence. He also said it was an exciting conclusion from the fans, but had a different perspective as a coach.


"Who’s the guy that’s supposed to box him out," Anderson said.


The Red-White scrimmage was the first chance for Arkansas to get in a game-like situation in front of fans. Anderson said earlier this week he expected a competitive scrimmage after watching players go toe-to-toe throughout preseason practices.


The Hogs didn’t disappoint even though it looked as if the White would roll early.


"It’s amazing that’s how it went," said Anderson, who watched the scrimmage from a table at midcourt while his assistant coaches led both teams on the sideline. "It’s been the storyline of our practices. They’ve been so competitive."


Portis finished with a game-high 28 points and 14 rebounds, doing most of his damage in the first half to help the White build as much as a 20-point lead.


He knocked down a three-pointer in the early minutes, showed off an improved mid-range jump shot and got points off offensive rebounds. He also led a fast break, too, tallying 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the White lead 59-49 at halftime.


But Anderson believed Portis — who also played a scrimmage-high 38 points — wore down in the second half. His team faded as well.


"His first half was unbelievable," Anderson said. "I thought he wore down, but he’s been playing at a high level ever since we started. … No one hates to lose worse than Bobby. But at the same time, we can see he’s gotten better."


Forward Moses Kingsley (18 points) and guard Anton Beard (18 points) joined Qualls and Madden in playing a big role in the Red’s second-half surge. Kingsley helped the Red tie the game at 95-95 with a layup, while Madden gave his team its first lead since the opening minutes with two free throws with 53.9 seconds left.


Harris (14 points, eight rebounds) got a dunk on the next possession to put the White back on top, then blocked a shot at the other end. But Portis missed the front end of a one-and-one with 11 seconds left to set up the game-winning sequence.


"Our team fought back hard," Qualls said. "We were behind deep. We were real behind. It showed a lot of leadership from guys like Ky, everybody on the Red squad to come back and have that camraderie."


The Razorbacks will hold a special intrasquad scrimmage at Vilonia High School on Sunday at 2:45 p.m., lending a hand in the area’s tornado relief efforts. The scrimmage is free, but Arkansas is asking fans to bring a non-perishable food item for donation.


Arkansas will be back in Bud Walton Arena for its exhibition opener against Central Oklahoma on Nov. 7. The game will begin at 7 p.m.


Anderson said the first glimpse was a success as Arkansas preseason continues.


"They were excited to play in front of our fans and showcase some of the new parts we’ve got and some of the maturity the guys had in their game," Anderson said. "It was an exciting finish, anyway, to say the least."