Â Johnson sends game into overtime with 3-pointer(Brian Holloway reporting)
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 31, 2009 â€“ For about eight seconds in the closing seconds of overtime Saturday evening, everything looked to be going right for North Carolina A&T before everything went horribly wrong in a 77-74 overtime loss to the Howard menâ€
With 18 seconds remaining in overtime and the Aggies leading by one, Howard guard Curtis White had his 3-point attempt blocked by N.C. A&T senior forward Nick Wilson. Fortunately for the Aggies, the ball conveniently bounced into the corner and into the hands of Howardâ€
Without a timeout, Riley looked destined to be stuck in the corner. Somehow however, he squeezed a pass between two Aggie defenders, and found Paul Kirkpatrick with an Aggie defender on his back and out of position because of the scramble for the loose ball.
Therefore, Kirkpatrick simply turned toward the rim and dunked the basketball for a 75-74 Howard lead with 9.3 seconds.
Kirkpatrick hit both free throws to give the Bison a 3-point lead. Alston had a chance to tie the game. But this time his long-range three came up short, sending the Aggies to 8-13 overall and 2-5 in the MEAC.
â€œWe tell our players they usually can go from end-to-end in about 4.4, 4.5 seconds,â€
The Aggies trailed for most of the game. An Ed Jones 3-pointer gave the Aggies at 59-57 lead with 6:47 remaining in the game. It was N.C. A&Tâ€
The Bison fought back to tie the game at 61 with 3 Â½ minutes remaining. After the two teams traded 3-pointers, the Bison took a 3-point lead on a made free throw and layup by White. The two teams then traded free throws, resulting in Howard taking a 68-65 lead. An Aggies turnover looked costly until Howardâ€