Arkansas hangs on to beat Wofford 56-53, avoids 5-seed woes

Mar 20, 2015 12:53 PM by Ross Field

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Michael Qualls scored 20 points, Southeastern Conference player of the year Bobby Portis added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and fifth-seeded Arkansas held off No. 12 seed Wofford 56-53 in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

The Razorbacks (27-8) escaped a back-and-forth game in the West Region that featured 18 lead changes, 10 ties and neither team ahead by more than five points.

Arkansas advanced to play fourth-seeded North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels edged Ivy League champion Harvard earlier in the night.

Arkansas at times looked as though it might become the latest No. 5 seed to get upset in the NCAAs, but Wofford (28-7) missed three 3-pointers in the final minute-plus, helping the Razorbacks hang on.

Spencer Collins led the Terriers with 16 points and nine rebounds.

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