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Game tied for 40 hours finally ends

Johnson C. Smith’s LaMarquis Letchaw, left, and Joshua Linson, right, defend Winston-Salem State’s Tyre Desmore. Linson broke a light on Wednesday and hit a big shot Friday.

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Johnson C. Smith’s LaMarquis Letchaw, left, and Joshua Linson, right, defend Winston-Salem State’s Tyre Desmore. Linson broke a light on Wednesday and hit a big shot Friday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First Joshua Linson knocked out the lights. Then he knocked out Winston-Salem State, ending a Division II game that took three days to complete.

The sophomore guard broke a 40-hour tie by hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer with 24 seconds left Friday to lead Johnson C. Smith to an 89-86 overtime win against the Rams.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association game was suspended Wednesday when Linson's fullcourt heave with 0.3 seconds left shattered two lights about 20 feet above the court, leaving one dangling by a wire.

The game, tied at 76, was suspended until Friday because of safety concerns. "I caused all of this," Linson joked.

Winston-Salem State had the option to decide the outcome by a coin flip but instead elected to travel the 90 minutes back to Charlotte to play a five-minute overtime period, which lasted 14 minutes in real time.

Rams coach Bobby Collins said the game seemed to go by in an instant: "We actually needed some fouls to slow the game down a little. It was the strangest game ever."

Johnson C. Smith did not charge admission for the rescheduled game and about 1,000 fans showed up.

With the score tied at 84, Linson launched a 26-footer. It didn't come close to hitting any of the lights.

O'Bannon Case: The 4½-year legal battle that former UCLA star Ed O'Bannon has had with the NCAA took a major turn late Thursday with a federal judge in Oakland, Calif., ruling that the class-action antitrust lawsuit may proceed to trial. The NCAA had asked U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken to dismiss the suit, but she said "the whole case is not going away on summary judgment." Barring a settlement, the trial is scheduled to begin June 9.


No. 5 Stanford 64, USC 59: Chiney Ogwumike scored 27 and Bonnie Samuelson 14 as the visiting Cardinal (25-2, 14-1 Pac-12) clinched at least a share of its 14th straight conference regular-season title and 23rd overall.

No. 20 Ariz. St. 55, Colo. 51: The host Sun Devils (21-6, 10-5 Pac-12) ended a three-game losing streak.

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