Thursday, January 03, 2008

Last night's opening of men's basketball play in the Big 10 conference brought a couple of hot shooting performances from behind the three-point arc.

At Iowa, the Hawkeyes' Justin Johnson almost single-handedly brought his team back against Indiana, but the Hoosiers held on for a 79-76 victory. According to this article:

Johnson hit six 3s in the final 1:56, each one seemingly longer than the last, to bring Iowa within two with 4.8 seconds left.

"I actually thought we did a good job on him until the last two minutes. Then he went crazy," Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson said of Johnson, Iowa's top scoring threat.

Johnson hit three 3s in a span of 27 seconds to bring Iowa within striking distance, and followed those up with a 40-foot bank shot with 4.8 seconds to go that sent the few remaining fans in the building into a frenzy.

Meanwhile, in Ann Arbor, Jon Leuer of the visiting Wisconsin Badgers went a perfect 5-for-5 on three-pointers, leading his team to a 70-54 win over the Michigan Wolverines.

Let's keep an eye on Johnson and Leuer as the season unfolds!

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