Thursday, March 18, 2010
Final: Old Dominion 51, Notre Dame 50
By Chris Low
NEW ORLEANS -- One of the first games of the NCAA tournament produced the first upset.
Old Dominion, a No. 11 seed in the East, rallied from a nine-point deficit in the first half to send No. 6-seeded Notre Dame packing 51-50 in New Orleans Arena.
The Irish couldn't buy a basket down the stretch, and Old Dominion's Gerald Lee hit the big jumper to put the Monarchs ahead to stay.
Notre Dame had a good look from the corner to tie the game with a 3-pointer, but Carleton Scott's shot lipped out.
After Keyon Carter hit a pair of clutch free throws with just under 10 seconds to play to put the Monarchs up by three points, they only had five fouls as a team. But instead of fouling (and they had one to give), they allowed the Irish to get a 3-point look from the corner.
It didn't come back to bite them.
Luke Harangody, who finished 4-of-9 for just four points in the final game of his stellar career, got the rebound of Scott's shot and scored a meaningless bucket as time expired.
The Irish were 6-of-26 from 3-point range. The Monarchs, meanwhile, shot 52.6 percent from the field in the second half.