ALBANY, March 17 -- Petey Sessoms scored eight of his career- high 35 points in the third overtime, including a three-point play with 22.2 seconds remaining to clinch the game, bringing Old Dominion a memorable 89-81 upset over Villanova in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament Friday night. Old Dominion became the second 14th seed of the evening to pull off a huge upset, following in the footsteps of Weber State -- a shocking winner over Michigan State. The Monarchs led Villanova much of the contest and then, after falling behind in regulation, continually battled back to send the game into one, two and then three extra periods. 'Obviously, we're very disappointed,' said Villanova coach Steve Lappas. 'We didn't want our season to end the way it ended tonight. Old Dominion did a great job of hanging in there in a marathon. It's a shame for our year to end because it's not really an indication of the year we had.' Sessoms tied the game in regulation by making three free throws with 18 seconds to go that brought about the first overtime with the game tied at 58-58. Old Dominion (21-11) had a chance to win it in the first overtime, but a short, wide-open jumper by Mike Jones just before the buzzer would not go down. Jones finished with 19 points and fouled out in the third overtime. Then, after falling behind in the second overtime, Old Dominion again rallied to deadlock ther contest at 72-72.
Again, the Wildcats (26-8) took a three-point advantage only to have the Monarchs score five straight, including a three-point play by Sessoms. Sessoms gave Old Dominion the lead for good with a layup with 1:25 to go and then, after a Villanova turnover, David Harvey made two free throws to make it it 83-79. The Wildcats converted two free throws with 50 seconds to go, but did not score again, thanks in part to a key block by Sessoms with the Monarchs protecting an 84-81 lead.. Kerry Kittles scored 22 points and Jason Lawson added 18 points, 17 rebounds and six blocked shots for Villanova, which won the Big East Conference tournament. 'Not a knock against Villanova, but everyone was expecting they would win this game,' said Jones. 'I just think the 10 players and all the other guys, we really expected to win this game. 'Once it was over, it was a conscious effort to make things low-key because we have another game Sunday. We want to go out with the same type of attitude. No one's expercting us to win that game either.'