North Alabama’s KJ Johnson sinks March’s first buzzer beater to overcome his former crew

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North Alabama’s KJ Johnson sinks March’s first buzzer beater to overcome his former crew

The primary true buzzer beater of school basketball’s postseason doubled as the most productive imaginable payback for North Alabama’s Ok.J. Johnson.

It knocked the Lipscomb switch’s former faculty out of the Atlantic Solar event on Tuesday night time.

With the ranking tied and four.3 seconds final in legislation, Johnson stuck an inbound move within the backcourt and attacked off the dribble sooner than Lipscomb may set its protection. The 6-foot-3 senior’s closely contested operating one-handed floater from simply throughout the best of the important thing propelled North Alabama to a 77-75 Atlantic Solar quarterfinal victory.

6th-seeded North Alabama (15-16) led third-seeded Lipscomb (20-12) by way of as many as 12 issues past due within the first part, however the host Bisons introduced a spirited rally. When Johnson ignored the entrance finish of a 1-and-1 with 12 seconds left in the second one part, Lipscomb’s Owen McCormack made him pay with a game-tying transition 25 footer.

That set the degree for Johnson, a two-time Tennessee Elegance AA Mr. Basketball who spent the primary 3 years of his faculty occupation at Lipscomb. Johnson made the Atlantic Solar All-Freshman crew in 2020 and become a full-time starter as a sophomore. He transferred after his junior 12 months when he fell out of Lipscomb’s beginning lineup in past due January and noticed his scoring moderate plummet from 13.5 issues in line with recreation to six.7.

At North Alabama, which simplest transitioned to Department I six years in the past, Johnson has been key to this system’s upward push to respectability. The fifth-year senior has began each years in this system and is his crew’s second-leading scorer this season.

Now North Alabama is 2 wins clear of an implausible first NCAA event bid in program historical past. The Lions face second-seeded Stetson within the Atlantic Solar semifinals on Thursday with the winner dealing with both fourth-seeded Austin Peay or Tenth-seeded Jacksonville within the identify recreation 3 nights later.

It could be a wonder if North Alabama can pull off two extra victories, however the not going turns out imaginable after Johnson’s thunderbolt of a buzzer beater.

Twelve days sooner than Variety Sunday, March is already turning mad.

KJ Johnson's running floater sent North Alabama to the Atlantic Sun semifinals and eliminated his former team. (Screenshot via ESPN+)

KJ Johnson’s operating floater despatched North Alabama to the Atlantic Solar semifinals and eradicated his former crew.