DENVER - On the verge of seeing his 13th-seeded Morehead State program turn into something much more impressive, the coach could have called a play for his NBA-bound center or his guard who couldn't miss.
Instead, he decided to go with a dream.
Executing a play that came to his coach the night before, Morehead State’s Demonte Harper dribbled patiently and watched the clock tick down. Then, he stepped up behind the 3-point line and swished the shot with 4.2 seconds remaining Thursday for a 62-61 victory over No. 4 Louisville and the first big upset of the NCAA tournament.
“The coach said, ‘Hey, I dreamed about this last night, this exact situation,’ ” Harper said. “He said, ‘I know exactly who I’m going to. I’m going to put it right in your hands, Demonte.’ He said, ‘At 6 seconds, I want you to attack and pull up and hit the shot.’ I hit the shot. It feels unreal right now.”
After Harper’s go-ahead basket, Louisville had a chance to win, but Morehead State center Kenneth Faried blocked Mike Marra’s attempt from the corner.
Morehead State (25-9) won its first main-draw game in the NCAAs since 1984.
Richmond 69, Vanderbilt 66: Kevin Anderson scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half, including a floater with 18.7 seconds remaining that helped seal the upset for Richmond (28-7).
Vanderbilt had a chance to tie the game with 2.5 seconds left, but Rod Odom’s desperation heave was nowhere near the hoop as time expired.
Richmond’s win was the sixth in program history as a 12th seed or lower against a top-five seed.