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-inch 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.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 76, OREGON 69, at North Little Rock, Ark. -- Charles Rhodes scored a career-high 34 points and the eighth-seeded Bulldogs came back from a 13-point second-half deficit to beat the Ducks. Malik Hairston scored 22 points for Oregon.
MEMPHIS 87, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 63, at North Little Rock, Ark. -- Chris Douglas-Roberts' layup sparked a 15-2 run that helped the Tigers cruise to victory over the Mavericks.
TEXAS 74, AUSTIN PEAY 54, at North Little Rock, Ark. -- A.J. Abrams scored 26 points, and along with Connor Atchley and Dexter Pittman nearly outscored Austin Peay on their own in a first-round victory. Abrams was 6-of-10 from 3-point range, Atchley added 12 points and Pittman had 11.
MIAMI 78, SAINT MARY'S 64, at North Little Rock, Ark. -- Jack McClinton scored a career-high 38 points -- 32 during a brilliant second half -- and the seventh-seeded Hurricanes rallied past the Gaels.
SIENA 83, VANDERBILT 62, at Tampa, Fla. -- Kenny Hasbrouck scored 30 points, Tay Fisher added 19 on 6-for-6 shooting from 3-point range, and the 13th-seeded Saints stunned the Commodores. Siena (23-10) never trailed, became the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team to reach the second round since Manhattan in 2004.
DAVIDSON 82, GONZAGA 76, at Raleigh, N.C. -- Stephen Curry scored 30 of his 40 points in the second half and hit the tie-breaking 3-pointer with just over a minute left, leading the 10th-seeded Wildcats past the Bulldogs.
GEORGETOWN 66, UMBC 47, at Raleigh, N.C. -- Roy Hibbert went over and around undersized UMBC all day, finishing with 13 points and leading the second-seeded Hoyas past the 15th-seeded Retrievers.
VILLANOVA 75, CLEMSON 69, at Tampa, Fla. -- Scottie Reynolds scored 21 points, Corey Fisher added 17 and the 12th-seeded Wildcats gave this NCAA tournament pod its fourth upset in four games.
ARKANSAS 86, INDIANA 72, at Raleigh, N.C. -- Sonny Weems scored a career-high 31 points to help the ninth-seeded Razorbacks beat the eighth-seeded Hoosiers.
LOUISVILLE 79, BOISE STATE 61, at Birmingham, Ala. -- Earl Clark scored 15 points and Juan Palacios had 13 to help the Cardinals take down the Broncos, who put themselves on the national sports map -- in football, that is -- by beating Oklahoma in a triple-overtime thriller at the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
OKLAHOMA 72, ST. JOSEPH'S 64, at Birmingham, Ala. -- David Godbold scored a career-high 25 points, including Oklahoma's first 11 of the second half, and the Sooners survived a late rally for a win over the Hawks.
NORTH CAROLINA 113, MOUNT ST. MARY'S 74, at Raleigh, N.C. -- Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson each had 21 points to help the Tar Heels cruise by the Mountaineers in a game that quickly turned into a crowd-pleasing romp for the thousands of blue-clad fans who filled an arena located a short drive from the Chapel Hill campus.
TENNESSEE 72, AMERICAN 57, at Birmingham, Ala. -- Outhustled almost the entire game, the second-seeded Volunteers found their touch at the end and avoided a massive upset, breaking away from the Eagles. JaJuan Smith finished with 19 points for Tennessee.
BUTLER 81, SOUTH ALABAMA 61, at Birmingham, Ala. -- Pete Campbell scored 26 points and hit eight 3-pointers, including a last-second shot at the halftime buzzer that sent the No. 7 Bulldogs sprinting off the court and the Jaguars hanging their heads. The Bulldogs (30-3) set a school record with their 30th win.