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CAA's Old Dominion sends Notre Dame home early

NEW ORLEANS - As Carleton Scott's three-point try sailed toward the hoop and rattled around the rim in the final seconds, Old Dominion's Keyon Carter was bracing for the possibility of a tie game.

Then the shot from the left corner popped out, giving the Monarchs (27-8) the NCAA Tournament's first upset.

"I said, 'Here we go again.' Those guys made a lot of clutch threes," Carter said. "I was kind of thinking overtime, but gratefully, it rimmed out."

Scott's three didn't fall, and Luke Harangody's putback at the buzzer wasn't enough Thursday for sixth seed Notre Dame (23-12). Old Dominion held on for a 51-50 victory in the South Regional, its first NCAA Tournament win since beating Villanova in triple overtime in 1995.

Scott was defended well on Notre Dame's final possession, but he was able to get a shot off that didn't miss by much. Old Dominion coach Blaine Taylor said he wasn't about to have his team foul to prevent the chance at a tying three-pointer.

"I guess I'm kind of old school,'' Taylor said. "I think we can guard people and stop them."

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