FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas forward Bobby Portis suffered through one of his worst performances of the season Thursday night.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas forward Bobby Portis suffered through one of his worst performances of the season Thursday night.


It didn’t keep the sophomore from making the most important play of the game.


Portis tipped in a missed shot by Arkansas guard Ky Madden at the buzzer, giving the Razorbacks a 93-91 overtime win against Alabama in Bud Walton Arena. Portis was held in check by the Crimson Tide most of the night and committed an inexplicable foul that helped Alabama tie the game at the end of regulation, but was able to get his right hand on Madden’s missed shot to help Arkansas snap its two-game losing streak.


"I wanted to make something happen," Portis said. "I knew that I had messed up in regulation. I knew that I had to do something for my team to make up for it."


Portis finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds on 4 of 12 shooting.


It was a far cry from his career-high 35-point effort in last season’s 65-58 win against Alabama in Bud Walton Arena. Portis carried the Razorbacks that night, but watched as the trio of Michael Qualls (career-high 30 points), Madden (17) and Anton Beard (11) lead the way on offense Thursday.


Arkansas (14-4, 3-2 in SEC) needed every bit of the production in a back-and-forth game, which the Razorbacks led by three points in the closing seconds of regulation. That’s when Portis made an error, allowing Alabama forward Michael Kessens to complete a 3-point play in the final seconds.


Alabama (12-6, 2-3 in SEC) needed a 3-pointer to tie the game, but tried to collect an easy bucket when Kessens was left alone down low. Portis rotated over and attempted to block his shot, but fouled Kessens instead with 2.4 seconds left.


The free throw tied the game and the Razorbacks went to overtime for the first time this season.


"Looked him right in the eye (and said), ‘Next. Let’s go to the next play,’" Arkansas coach Mike Anderson told Portis after the mistake. "It happens. Let’s move on."


Once again, the game went back and forth in overtime with the teams trading buckets. Arkansas was able to inch out to a 3-point lead after Qualls made a pair of free throws, but Alabama forward Shannon Hale knocked down a 3-pointer with Portis contesting him to tie the game for the 15th and final time.


Madden brought the ball up the court, got into the lane and muscled up a shot between two defenders.


It missed the mark, but Portis slipped by Hale on the baseline, got his right hand on the ball and ended the game.


"We did a great job on the first shot trying to make them miss," Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. "They really hurt us on the glass all night. He did what you’re supposed to do. He chased it and he was able to get it in before the horn went off."


Officials reviewed the play to make sure Portis got off the shot before the clock expired. But it didn’t take long.


"I had time to tip it and look back to see what the time was," Portis said. "So I knew that the basket would count."


It helped Arkansas win despite shooting just 40.8 percent to Alabama’s 49.1. The Crimson Tide really hurt the Razorbacks on the perimeter, going 12-for-24. Alabama had been 22-for-80 (27.5 percent) from long range in SEC play.


Guard Justin Coleman led the charge for the Crimson Tide, scoring a career-high 22 points. Coleman had only scored in double figures twice this season before scorching the Razorbacks with a 5-for-7 effort behind the 3-point line.


"He came off the bench with no name and made one," Qualls said. "They shoot 50 percent, but look at the 3s he was making. It was almost unbelievable."


Guard Ricky Tarrant (21 points) and Rodney Cooper (15) also helped the Crimson Tide turn in its best 3-point performance of the season.


But the Razorbacks overcame Alabama’s shooting success with a strong effort on the boards. Arkansas outrebounded Alabama 47-34, including a 21-8 edge on the offensive glass. Arkansas outscored Alabama 22-8 on second-chance points.


The final two — Portis’ tip-in at the buzzer — was enough to help the Razorbacks survive.


"It was fitting for Bobby with what took place in regulation, for him to tip it in," Anderson said. "He wants to win. He wants to win in the worst way. He made a play. That’s what you’ve got to have, guys that make plays."