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The No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks pulled off a thrilling comeback over the No. 17 San Diego State Aztecs to secure third place of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic Center.
After being down by 13 points at one point in the first half, the Hogs battled back behind second half energy from Kamani Johnson and improved offense from Ricky Council IV and Trevon Brazile.
HawgBeat has you covered with takeaways, quotes, notes, stats and more from Arkansas’ fifth win of the season:
Kamani Johnson was ready for his name to be called
The redshirt senior forward hadn’t seen the court at all during the Maui Invitational until he checked in with 14:25 to go in the second half. Arkansas’ comeback against the Aztecs can be heavily attributed to Johnson’s play.
“We thought somebody off the bench that maybe hadn’t played last night could have an impact and obviously Kamani Johnson was absolutely incredible the last 19 minutes of the game,” head coach Eric Musselman said.
Not only did he come up with the follow shot at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime, but he had a huge offensive rebound and layup to put the Hogs up 75-72 in overtime. He also grabbed a tough defensive board with 3.7 seconds left, drew a foul and drained both shots to make it a two possession game and seal the win for the Hogs.
If that wasn’t enough, Johnson stole the inbounds pass from the Aztecs right after and put an end to his incredible 19 minutes of play.
Johnson’s +/- of 10 was the second highest on the team on Wednesday night.
“We got down by 10 and coach put me in and I was ready for the moment,” Johnson said on the Arkansas postgame radio show. “I feel like I’m one of the leaders on the team and I had to show them how to fight.”
The former Little Rock Trojan finished with seven points and seven rebounds, and it was his energy that seemed to spark the team in the second half.
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Publish date : 2022-11-24 12:30:00
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