Justin Johnson scored five of his seven points during the final 14 seconds of the Iowa basketball team’s 67-62 loss to Purdue on Wednesday. Until hitting his final two shots of the game, the senior’s recent shooting woes had continued.
Johnson, who hit 8-of-13 3-point baskets in the Hawkeyes’ 79-76 loss to Indiana, missed his first six shots against the Boilermakers. Since opening Iowa’s Big Ten season with a 29-point game, Johnson has hit 10-of-40 field goals and 7 of the 29 shots he has attempted behind the arc.
His effort against the Hoosiers has made Johnson a focal point of opponent’s scouting reports and coach Todd Lickliter said following Wednesday’s game that Johnson is learning to adjust to that type of defensive pressure. Lickliter refused to label Johnson’s recent outings a "slump,” pointing out that he sees Johnson taking two-to-three tough shots each game as the final seconds tick off the shot clock.
Still, he conceded, "We’ve got to figure out ways to get him involved.”