NEW ORLEANS — As Carleton Scott's 3-pointer sailed toward the hoop and rattled around the rim, Old Dominion's Keyon Carter was bracing for the possibility of a tie.
Then the shot popped out, giving the 11th-seeded Monarchs the tournament's first upset.
"I said, 'Here we go again.' Those guys made a lot of clutch 3s," Carter said. "I was kind of thinking overtime, but gratefully, it rimmed out."
Scott's 3-pointer didn't fall, and Luke Harangody's putback wasn't enough for sixth-seeded Notre Dame on Thursday. ODU held on for a 51-50 victory in the first round of the South Region, its first NCAA win since beating Villanova in triple overtime in 1995.
"I think it reflects the magic of March, the way the two teams battled," ODU coach Blaine Taylor said. "One of the officials turns to me at the two-minute mark and said, 'It's been a heck of a game,' and I really think it was."
In a game that was as slow-paced as advertised, Notre Dame (23-12) led 30-22 early in the second half before the Monarchs (27-8) went on a 9-0 run.
It was close the rest of the way. Harangody scored his first points of the game with 12.6 seconds left to make it 49-48, but Carter made both free throws with 9.6 seconds left.
VILLANOVA 73, ROBERT MORRIS 70, OT: Scottie Reynolds, 2-of-15 from the floor after being benched to start the game for disciplinary reasons, came through from the free-throw line in the final minutes of regulation, and the No. 2 seed Wildcats survived a scare in Providence, R.I.
"I always think we're going to win, I always think we're going to find a way," coach Jay Wright said.
Villanova (25-7) trailed 55-47 with 4:19 left in regulation before Reynolds hit his final six free throws, most after turnovers by the Colonials (23-12).
SAINT MARY'S (Calif.) 80, RICHMOND 71: Omar Samhan had 29 points and 12 rebounds in Providence, R.I., despite spending most of the game in foul trouble, and the 10th-seeded Gaels (27-5) earned their first NCAA win in six tries since 1959. Mickey McConnell made 5 of 9 3s and had 23 points. Thanks largely to Samhan, a 6-11 senior, Saint Mary's had a 40-18 rebounding edge on the Spiders (26-9). "That no one picked us to win this game was a bit of a chip on our shoulder," forward Ben Allen said.
BAYLOR 68, SAM HOUSTON ST. 59: Ekpe Udoh had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and the third-seeded Bears (26-7) dominated the last three minutes in New Orleans for their first NCAA win since 1950. "Sorry I'm late. We haven't won a tournament game in a long time," coach Scott Drew said at his postgame news conference. "I know there are happy players in there." Gilberto Clavell had 23 points for the BearKats (25-8).