Armon Johnson Rescues Nevada in Idaho

MOSCOW, ID. - Armon Johnson's late free throw gave Nevada a 67-66 win over Idaho on Wednesday night.

Johnson went the length of the court, scoring the tying basket with just two seconds left. He was also fouled on that shot, sending him to the line for the game-winner.

The Wolf Pack jumped out to a 14 point halftime lead, hitting nine of their first 12 shots from three-point range. They actually led it by as many as 16 early in the second half.

But Idaho went on a 25-5 run midway through the second half. Jeff Ledbetter's three-pointer gave the Vandals the lead with 6:41 left in the game. It was their first lead since early in the first half.

But Nevada came right back. Luke Babbitt scored on a three-point play to cut the Idaho lead to one with :38 seconds to go. He finished with 21 points and seven rebounds.

Nevada then trailed by three late, when Armon Johnson hit a deep three-pointer to tie it up with 21 seconds to play. Johnson led all scorers with 23 points.

Nevada (14-9, 6-4 WAC) returns home on Saturday night to host Boise State (11-12, 2-8 WAC) on Ramon Sessions Night. The former Wolf Pack star and current Minnesota Timberwolves PG will be honored by the school before tip off.

NEVADA (14-9)
Fields 4-10 0-0 11, Shaw 2-5 0-0 5, Babbitt 7-16 4-5 21, Johnson
8-18 5-6 23, Hunt 1-1 0-0 2, Giles 0-0 0-0 0, Cukic 1-1 0-0 2,
Kraemer 1-3 0-0 3, Carp 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 9-11 67.

IDAHO (11-12)
Hopson 3-12 10-11 17, Johnson 1-6 0-0 3, Toledo 4-8 0-0 8,
Watson 4-8 3-3 11, Jefferson 1-5 1-2 3, Ledbetter 2-6 0-0 6,
Henderson 2-4 0-0 4, de Souza 2-5 1-2 5, Lawrence 0-1 0-0 0, Barone
4-6 1-2 9. Totals 23-61 16-20 66.

Halftime-Nevada 42-28. 3-Point Goals-Nevada 10-20 (Babbitt 3-5,
Fields 3-6, Johnson 2-4, Shaw 1-2, Kraemer 1-3), Idaho 4-16
(Ledbetter 2-6, Hopson 1-3, Johnson 1-5, de Souza 0-2). Fouled
Out-Hunt. Rebounds-Nevada 30 (Babbitt 7), Idaho 42 (Hopson 7).
Assists-Nevada 11 (Babbitt, Johnson 4), Idaho 14 (Hopson 8). Total
Fouls-Nevada 16, Idaho 15. A-1,580. s-Nevada 1


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