Johnson scores 35 as La Salle sneaks by Florida Gulf Coast

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – B.J. Johnson scored a career-high 35 points, including the exclamation point dunk in the final seconds, and La Salle came back to beat Florida Gulf Coast 84-80 on Saturday.

Johnson finished 10 of 16 from the field, 12 of 14 at the line, and had four steals. Jordan Price added 16 points for the Explorers (5-4).

La Salle trailed for large portions of the second half until a late 8-0 run, capped by a pair of Price baskets, gave the Explorers a 78-74 lead with 48 seconds left. A Rayjon Tucker jumper for the Eagles (7-5) cut it to 82-80, but Johnson’s jam with six seconds left iced it.

Brandon Goodwin led Florida Gulf Coast with 26 points, while Tucker added 23.

The Eagles were without redshirt senior Marc-Eddy Norelia, who did not travel with the team for personal reasons. Norelia also missed the first four games of the year with a broken hand. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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