Johnson scores 38, Winthrop upsets Illinois 84-80 in OT
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Deon Johnson scored 38 points and Winthrop upset Illinois 84-80 in overtime on Monday night.
Johnson, who missed Friday's game against Florida State due to a foot injury, helped Winthrop win its first-ever matchup against Illinois. The Eagles held the lead for only 29 seconds before forcing overtime.
Tevin Prescott had two dunks and Johnson made a layup during a 6-2 run to open the extra period and Winthrop (3-1) led the rest of the way.
The Illini pulled within two on three occasions in the final 1:23, but Johnson made a jumper and Bjorn Broman and Prescott each made two free throws to hold off Illinois.
The Eagles shot 50 percent from the field and 45 percent (10 of 22) from 3-point range.
Michael Finke led the Illini (4-1) with 18 points, including six in overtime.
The Winthrop bench, including Johnson, outscored the Illini reserves 54-18.