TAMPA, Fla. -- San Diego players stood in a hallway Friday afternoon watching Western Kentucky play Drake on a small television monitor. As he watched the Hilltoppers' Ty Rogers sink an overtime buzzer-beater to stun the Bulldogs, San Diego guard De'Jon Jackson's imagination ran wild.
"I was like 'Wow,'" Jackson said. "If I ever do that, I don't know what I'd do."
Here's the answer. He'll tell his teammates to turn around and stop celebrating. Then, after a timeout, he'll steal a desperation pass and seal the upset.
Tampa went two-for-two in Shining Moments when Jackson floated a jumper over Connecticut forward Stanley Robinson with 1.2 seconds remaining to give the 13th-seeded Toreros a 70-69 overtime win. San Diego advanced to the second round of the tourney for the first time in four tries.
UConn lost leading scorer A.J. Price to a knee injury with 9:39 remaining in the first half. Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said the team's medical staff is "looking into an ACL." Without Price, UConn fell behind, allowing San Diego to stretch its lead to 11 early in the second half. The Huskies fought back, though, and sophomore guard Jerome Dyson made a pair of free throws with 12 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.
"Quite frankly, I'm a little bit mystified that we waited until it was 10 minutes to go to say, 'OK, now we're going to beat you,'" Calhoun said.
In overtime, Dyson made another pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining to give fhe Huskies a 69-68 lead. San Diego called timeout with 5.2 seconds remaining, and coach Bill Grier called a play for Jackson. "I wanted it in De'Jon's hands," Grier said. Later, in the locker room, Jackson -- who hours earlier wished he could make a buzzer-beater -- tried to wrap his head around his own miracle shot.
"It's more than a dream come true," he said.