TAMPA, Fla. San Diego's Rob Jones didn't even bother leaving his feet when the ball was tossed up to start the game.
The 6-foot-6 forward knew he didn't have a chance against Connecticut's 7-foot-3 center Hasheem Thabeet.
When the same thing happened to begin overtime, Jones jumped so high he nearly got the tip a clear indication of how confident the Toreros had become. They were even more fearless in the final seconds.
De'Jon Jackson hit the biggest shot in school history a long jumper with 1.2 seconds left in overtime and 13th-seeded San Diego beat No. 4 seed Connecticut 70-69 Friday in the first round of the NCAA's West Regional.
"The thing I put on the board: Don't let them get a sniff that we're two equal teams," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. "We allowed them to believe that it wasn't going to be what everybody said it was going to be."
Instead, UConn is heading home much earlier than expected. The Huskies (24-9) hadn't lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament since 1979 and never during Calhoun's 22 seasons.
San Diego, meanwhile, got its first tournament victory in four tries. The Toreros (22-13) advanced to play No. 12 Western Kentucky in the second round.
And if Brandon Johnson and Gyno Pomare play like they did against Connecticut, the small, Southern California school known mostly for its scenic ocean views could be in for an extended tournament stay.
Johnson had 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Pomare had 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting.
Together, they gave UConn all it could handle, especially after leading scorer A.J. Price left the game with a knee injury.
But both of San Diego's stars fouled out in overtime.
Jackson picked up the slack. He drove right on Jerome Dyson, stopped a step inside the arc, then sank the biggest shot of his career.
The celebration had to wait, though.
UConn had one final chance, but Jackson intercepted the inbound pass. The Toreros rushed the court, mobbed their hero and then celebrated in front of a small group of fans who traveled cross-country to see them make history.
Ole! Ole! Ole!
"This feeling right now, I can't even explain it," Jackson said. "It's like the best feeling I've had in my life."
Jeff Adrien had 18 points and 12 rebounds for UConn, which ended an inconsistent season with another up-and-down performance.
The Huskies had an excuse in this one. They played most of the game without Price, who Calhoun said may have torn his anterior cruciate ligament.The junior point guard landed awkwardly on his knee while driving to the basket with 9:39 to play in the first half. He was carried off the floor, examined on the bench and then helped to the locker room for more tests.
WESTERN KENTUCKY 101, DRAKE 99, OT: At Tampa, Fla., Ty Rogers hit a 3-pointer with three defenders in his face and no time on the clock, helping the 12th-seeded Hilltoppers stun Drake in overtime.
The Bulldogs (28-5) overcame a 16-point deficit in the final 8 minutes and led 99-98 after Jonathan Cox's two free throws with 5.7 seconds left. But Tyrone Brazelton raced across up court and kicked it to Rogers, who gave the Hilltoppers (28-6) their first tournament win since 1995.
Brazelton finished with a career-high 33 points for Western Kentucky.
Cox had 29 points and 16 boards for Drake, making its first tourney appearance since 1971.
Rogers' final shot was the 30th 3-pointer of the game, breaking the previous NCAA mark set by West Virginia and Louisville two years ago. Western Kentucky and Drake combined for 70 3-point attempts, also breaking the previous record of 66 set by UCLA and Cincinnati in 2002.