Johnson’s layup, free throw sends Nevada past Idaho |

Johnson’s layup, free throw sends Nevada past Idaho

Staff and wire report

MOSCOW, Idaho – Armon Johnson hit a layup and a free throw with 2.9 seconds left to lift Nevada past Idaho 67-66 on Wednesday night.

Johnson led the Wolf Pack (14-9, 6-4 Western Athletic) with 23 points, while Luke Babbitt added 21.

Johnson sank a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left to tie the game 64-64. Mac Hopson then hit two free throws with 6.2 seconds left to give the Vandals (11-12, 3-8) a 66-64 lead.

Johnson took the inbound pass, wove through traffic and went for the layup, drawing a foul from Kashif Watson and winning the game at the line.

Hopson led Idaho with 17 points.

Idaho came back from a 42-28 deficit at the half and led 59-54 with about 5 minutes to go. The Vandals outscored Nevada 38-25 in the second half.

NOTES: Johnson was 8-for-18 from the field, and moved past Kevin Soares (1988-92) and into 11th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,279 points. He is 10 assists away from moving into sixth place on the all-time assists list … Nevada went 10-for-20 from beyond the arc, while Idaho was a dismal 4-for-17… Babbitt scored 21 points and he moved up to No. 18 on the all-time scoring list with 1,066 points … The road win was just the third of the season for Nevada which is 3-7 overall away from home. Besides Idaho, Nevada has chalked up road wins against New Mexico State and Boise State, which is Nevada’s next opponent on Saturday at Lawlor Events Center at 7:05 p.m., and 3-3 away from home in conference.