JONESBORO, AR – Joshuwan Johnson’s free throw with 0.9 seconds on the clock lifted the Arkansas-Pine Bluff men’s basketball team to a 75-74 win at Arkansas State Wednesday night at First National Bank Arena.
After the Red Wolves tied the game for only the third time with 3.9 seconds remaining at 74-all, Johnson was fouled in the backcourt. He calmly sank the first free throw to give the Golden Lions the lead for good. He intentionally missed the second, and a three-quarter court heave by Arkansas State missed off the side of the rim at the buzzer to give UAPB its first win over the Red Wolves in six tries in the first meeting between the teams since 2005.
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Shaun Doss Jr. posted his second straight game of 20 or more points and third of the season with 20 points along with five rebounds and three assists. Johnson added a season-high 16 points along with three rebounds and three assists. Nicholas Jones scored in double figures off the bench for the second straight game with 11 points along with five rebounds and four steals.
The Golden Lions were clutch at the free-throw line, making 15 of 17 in the one-point win, with season highs in made three-pointers (10), steals (13) and assists (10). UAPB was also smart with the basketball, committing a season-low 12 turnovers.
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UAPB never trailed in the contest and got off to a fast start. Sparked by Jones’ boost off the bench, the Golden Lions led 41-31 at halftime.
The Golden Lions withstood an early second-half run by Arkansas State as the margin was cut to three points at 42-39 less than three minutes into the second half. A big jumper by Doss slowed the run helped put UAPB back in control.
The lead stretched to as many as 11 points with just over 11 minutes remaining before Arkansas State made its late push, tying the game twice, but never leading, setting up Johnson’s winning free-throw.
UAPB men’s basketball returns to action Saturday in a 1 p.m. game at Tulane. The UAPB Sports Network broadcast begins at 12:45 p.m. on 99.3 FM The Beat, online at uapblionsroar.com/live, and on the free UAPB Athletics App. The game will also be video streamed on ESPN+.
Courtesy: UAPB Athletics