Elijah Johnson apologizes for dunking at end of Iowa State game (Video)

Elijah JohnsonElijah Johnson erupted for 39 points in Kansas’ 108-96 overtime win over Iowa State Monday, and he apologized after the game for a poor show of sportsmanship.

With his Jayhawks up by 10 and less than 10 seconds left, Johnson was passed the ball after Iowa State missed a three pointer. Instead of dribbling out the remaining seconds, Johnson decided to go the length of the court and threw down a dunk with 2.5 seconds left. The players on the Jayhawks bench erupted in celebration, and Johnson chest-bumped with a teammate after the monster throwdown.

Kansas coach Bill Self was unhappy with the unnecessary dunk from Johnson. He could be seen apologizing to Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg in the postgame handshakes, saying something along the lines of “I’m sorry about that, he shouldn’t have dunked the ball like that.”

Self also apparently spoke with Johnson about it. Johnson revealed that to ESPN’s Holly Rowe in his postgame interview.

“I gotta show better sportsmanship,” Johnson admitted to Rowe. “I shouldn’t have dunked that ball at the end of the game. I wasn’t really thinking clearly. I saw an open basket and all day I’ve been driving, so I figured why not drive since it was open, but I definitely should have dribbled it out.”

Johnson’s 39-point game obliterated his previous career high of 26. He nailed two huge threes to keep Kansas in the game in the final minute, and he benefited from a controversial no-call that led to the game going to overtime.

The win also gave Self his 500th career victory.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KZSDBFFUJPRZGBDGN54FCANRGA Dusty

    Kansas should not have won that game, there was a charge with 5 secs to go in regulation that wasnt called and then when the KS player was laying on top of the Iowa State player on the floor and the ball bounced to both of them the Iowa State player was called for a foul which allowed KS to tie the game and send it into overtime.  KS in NO WAY should have won that game, the Refs didnt WANT KS to lose.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Freddy-Machiney/100000176082615 Freddy Machiney

    Wa, wa, wa, somebody better call the Wambualance for Dusty.
    Calls even out over the course of a game. The non-winners only remember the ones at the end of the game.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7VHGSPU2Z2TPM54JP7ELLXKAT4 David

    That is BS. I’ve been playing and watching sports all my life (almost 50 years), and if anyone thinks officials do not directly affect the outcome of any sporting event, they aren’t being honest.