Johnson hits game-winning 3. Ohio St. peaks No. 21 in Seton Hall

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Meechie Johnson Jr. made a battle-winning 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left and Ohio State beat …

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Meechie Johnson Jr. made a battle-winning 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left, and Ohio State beat No. 21 Seton Hall 79-76 Monday night in the Fort Myers Tip-Off.

Seton Hall guard Jamir Harris stole it and drove after a solid break layup to equalize it to 76 with 15.9 seconds left. Ohio State chose not to call a timeout, and Johnson made his team’s 11.3 points – from the NBA series.

Seton Hall got it to Tyrese Samuel to get a proper look at the buzzer, but it jumped hard off the back plate.

EJ Liddell led Ohio State (4-1) by 28 points, making all 10 of his free throws and shooting 8 of 17 from the floor. Justin Ahrens scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half, and Kyle Young had 12 points and eight rebounds. Johnson was 2 of 5 from the field for eight points.

Liddell started a 19-4 run with five straight points as Ohio State built a 38-28 lead in the first half. Liddell finished the half with 16 points, matching Seton Hall star Jared Rhoden.

Rhoden finished with a career-high 29 points for Seton Hall (3-1), which came after a 67-65 victory over No. 4 Michigan. Bryce Aiken added 16 points and Ike Obiagu had three blocks.

After calling a timeout with 50 seconds left, 76-74 behind, Seton Hall turned it around for just the eighth time as Rhoden’s foot touched the midfield. Liddell looked good after a 3-pointer at the other end, but it was short and he grabbed his own rebound before turning it over.


The lights went out temporarily at Suncoast Credit Union Arena with 8:59 left in the first half. Myles Cale had just made a solid break-layup after a theft to give Seton Hall a 24-19 lead. He landed awkwardly after the basket and remained on the floor for an extended period before jogging back to the bench. The lights came on again about five minutes later.


Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann was called for a technical foul with 7:53 left to quarrel with an official, and Aiken made two penalty throws to pull Seton Hall within 63-61. It was the closest the Pirates had been since 28-26.


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