Portland State makes shot of the year as unlikely buzzer stuns northern Arizona

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The Portland State men’s basketball team did the unthinkable on Saturday.

The team led by eight points with just over a minute remaining in a game against Northern Arizona, but somehow found itself trailing in the final seconds of the game.

With 0.4 seconds remaining, a Vikings player threw a full-court pass to start one of the most unlikely plays of the college basketball season.

Isaiah Johnson somehow caught the pass and, even more remarkably, hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer as he fell backwards to lead Portland State to an 88-87 victory.

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Isaiah Johnson (22) of the Portland State Vikings shoots under pressure from Jimmy Bell Jr. (15) of the West Virginia Mountaineers during the first half at the Moda Center on November 25, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. (Soobum Im/Getty Images)

The Vikings’ 86-78 lead with 1:21 to play disappeared after the team committed an offensive foul and a turnover and missed three consecutive free throws.

Northern Arizona looked set for its eighth win of the season, but Portland State had other plans.

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«Oh my gosh, I can’t believe what I just saw!» a surprised announcer yelled.

Forward Isaiah Johnson was being protected by two NAU defenders when Hunter Woods’ pass came flying toward his end of the pitch.

Johnson had virtually no time to redirect the basketball to sink the impressive shot.

Bobby Harvey (2) of the Portland State Vikings during a game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Moda Center on November 25, 2022 in Portland, Oregon.

Bobby Harvey (2) of the Portland State Vikings during a game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Moda Center on November 25, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The referees reviewed the incredible play via replay and confirmed that Johnson knocked the ball out of his hands before the buzzer.

The video also showed that Johnson didn’t even have the ball fully in hand before redirecting it to the rim. He finished the game with nine points.

Jorell Saterfield (23) of the Portland State Vikings handles the ball against Kobe Johnson (2) of the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Moda Center on November 25, 2022 in Portland, Oregon.

Jorell Saterfield (23) of the Portland State Vikings handles the ball against Kobe Johnson (2) of the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Moda Center on November 25, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The fans and teammates were delighted, but they also seemed surprised that the Vikings had won the game.

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Portland State entered Saturday’s contest with a 10-15 record, while Northern Arizona went 7-19 on the year.

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