Johnson scores 38, Winthrop upsets Illinois 84-80 in OT

BY foxsports • November 21, 2016

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.

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