Johnson’s buzzer beater lifts Akron over Ball State

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Isaiah Johnson scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and hit a jumper at the buzzer to lift Akron over Ball State 65-63 on Tuesday night.

Johnson caught an inbounds pass with 2.3 seconds left along the baseline and swished a shot over a defender at the buzzer.

Officials added 0.2 seconds to the clock, but the Cardinals’ desperation shot bounced off the rim.

Jimond Ivey added 10 points for the Zips (20-4, 10-1 Mid-American), who won their 29th straight at home after seeing their 12-game win streak overall end at Ohio 85-70 on Saturday.

Emmanuel Olojakpoke’s dunk put Akron up 62-56 with 3:39 left, but Ball State closed to 62-61 on Tahjai Teague’s dunk with 2:02 to go. Franko House’s layup gave the Cardinals a 63-62 lead, but Johnson made 1 of 2 from the line.

Ball State’s Ryan Weber turned it over on the next possession and Johnson hit a 17-foot jumper before the time-clock review.

House scored 18 points and Weber added 16 for the Cardinals (15-9, 6-5).

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