Nick Johnson arrives just in time

March, 28, 2014
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Arizona's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson fouled out with 4:40 minutes left and the Wildcats nursing a one-point lead. As he made his way to the bench, Nick Johnson had the nerve to tell him the Wildcats would not lose.

"This is not going to be the last game of the season," Johnson said.

And Johnson, the guy who was at that point 0-for-10 from the field, was going to make sure of that?

Well, yeah.

Johnson scored 15 points in the game's final three minutes -- including 10-for-10 from the free throw line -- to lift the top-seeded Wildcats to a 70-64 win over San Diego State in the NCAA tournament. Arizona will face No. 2 seed Wisconsin in the West region final on Saturday.

"It was amazing for a kid to be able to do that after not making shots for about 25, 30 straight minutes," Arizona coach Sean Miller said.

It was 37 minutes and 16 seconds to be precise.

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