Not so coincidently, Johnson's game-winner triggered a five-game winning streak. Lafayette enters the Patriot League tournament as the No. 2 seed — its highest since 2000.
"He's going to find the right guy to get the ball to," Hinrichs said. "We know he's going to make the right play."
Johnson now realizes that sometimes making the right play is taking the shot himself.
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ABOUT TONY JOHNSON
Hometown: Folsom, Calif.
Family: Karen Witt, mother; Anthony Johnson, father; Michael Witt, stepfather; sisters Krista, 30, and Amanda, 23.
Position: Point guard
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 175 pounds
Stats: Leads the Patriot League this season in steals, field-goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ration. … Fourth all time in school history with 158 steals, seventh in assists (360), despite missing 23 games in his career because of back, leg and foot injuries. … Has started in 67 of 103 games he's played. … Has 881 career points. … Scored a career-high 29 points twice, including last month vs. Lehigh. … In his first three seasons, he averaged a shot ever 5.52 minutes played. In 2012-13, he is averaging one every 3.65 minutes.
PATRIOT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL QUARTERFINALS
HOLY CROSS (12-17) AT LAFAYETTE (17-14)
When: 7 tonight