Friday, March 21, 2008

Tampa: San Diego stuns UConn

Call Tampa the new home of Cinderella.

As if No. 12 Western Kentucky's thrilling victory over fifth-seeded Drake wasn't enough, No. 13 San Diego just stunned fourth-seeded Connecticut 70-69 when De'Jon Jackson hit a pull-up jumper from the right wing with 1.2 seconds remaining.

Jerome Dyson hit two free throws to give UConn the lead, but after San Diego called a timeout to set up the play, Jackson came off a double screen, drove right and buried the game-winner. The Huskies were shocked to see the ball go through and stood motionless for a few seconds before calling a timeout. Jeff Adrien's ensuing inbounds pass was intercepted and the Torreros piled onto the court to celebrate the biggest win in school history.

Looks like the 11-hour drive was more than worth it. I've already witnessed the two best games of the tournament and now the Commodores are 30 minutes away from tip-off.

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