Providence, RI (Sports Network) - Armon Bassett helped set the tone with five three-pointers and 32 points, as the 14th-seeded Ohio Bobcats held on down the stretch to shock the Midwest's No. 3 seed Georgetown, 97-83, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
D.J. Cooper added five threes as well on the way to 23 points while collecting eight assists for Ohio (22-14), which continued an improbable postseason run as the Mid-American Conference's tourney champ.
The Bobcats were just 7-9 in conference play during the regular season and earned a nine seed in the MAC tourney for their efforts. Five straight wins since sets up an unexpected second-round matchup with the winner of the Tennessee-San Diego contest later Thursday.
It was just the second NCAA Tournament win for Ohio in 45 years as the last victory came in 1983 against Illinois State.
Chris Wright came up with 28 points for Georgetown (23-11), which had posted solid wins over Syracuse and Marquette in the Big East Tournament to help solidify a No. 3 seed.
Greg Monroe, the Hoyas vaunted big man, had 19 points and 13 rebounds but also seven of Georgetown's 18 turnovers. Hollis Thompson scored 16 in the Hoyas' forgettable 26th all-time NCAA appearance.