Xavier Green and Ahmad Caver wore winners’ basketball nets as necklaces Saturday night.

Green scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to lead Old Dominion to a 62-56 victory over Western Kentucky in the Conference USA Tournament championship game.

Top-seeded Old Dominion (26-8), the eighth-stingiest scoring defense in the latest NCAA statistics (61.2 points per game), won three tournament games by a total of nine points to earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011.

Old Dominion players hoist the trophy after defeating Western Kentucky 62-56 in an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men's tournament championship Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
Old Dominion players hoist the trophy after defeating Western Kentucky 62-56 in an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men’s tournament championship Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

“(The NCAA berth) hasn’t hit me yet,” Green said. “I think it’s going to hit me later, like when I’m in the shower by myself or when I talk to my mom.”

Senior Caver scored 10 points and had nine assists.

The Monarchs’ biggest lead Saturday was seven points.

Old Dominion's Ahmad Caver, center, Justice Kithcart (2) and Elbert Robinson III, left, celebrate after Old Dominion defeated Western Kentucky 62-56 in an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men's tournament championship Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
Old Dominion’s Ahmad Caver, center, Justice Kithcart (2) and Elbert Robinson III, left, celebrate after Old Dominion defeated Western Kentucky 62-56 in an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men’s tournament championship Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

“Our guys didn’t blink,” ODU coach Jeff Jones said. “We showed that we were a team that could consistently win close games.”

Western Kentucky (20-14) was the second seed.

With ODU trailing 37-34, Green made a traditional three-point play to tie the game and added two 3-pointers for the lead.

Old Dominion guard Ahmad Caver drives through the defense of Western Kentucky's Jared Savage, left, and Taveion Hollingsworth (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men's tournament championship Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
Old Dominion guard Ahmad Caver drives through the defense of Western Kentucky’s Jared Savage, left, and Taveion Hollingsworth (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men’s tournament championship Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

WKU came back to tie it at 47 before C-USA Player of the Year B.J. Stith scored to break the tie. Green added another 3-pointer for a 54-48 lead and the Hilltoppers didn’t move within four points after that.

Stith scored 13 points. Charles Bassey led WKU with 12 points, Josh Anderson scored 11 and Jared Savage had 10.

ODU won 25 games last season but didn’t go to a postseason tournament.

Old Dominion guard Jason Wade, right, competes for a loose ball with Western Kentucky guard Lamonte Bearden (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men's tournament championship, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
Old Dominion guard Jason Wade, right, competes for a loose ball with Western Kentucky guard Lamonte Bearden (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men’s tournament championship, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

BIG PICTURE

Western Kentucky: C-USA Freshman of the Year Charles Bassey struggled in the first half (four points, three rebounds) but finished with a game-high 10 rebounds. … WKU made only 18 of 52 field goal attempts (35 percent). … The Hilltoppers finished with 20-plus wins for the 45th time in program history. … They were 0-3 against ODU.

Old Dominion: The Monarchs became the fifth C-USA team to win both the regular-season and tournament championship in the same season. … ODU lost to Butler 60-58 in the first round of the 2011 tournament and has a 3-11 record in NCAA Division I Tournament play. The Monarchs’ last postseason berth came in 2016, when they were the Vegas 16 champions.

Old Dominion and Western Kentucky play for the Conference USA men's tournament championship Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
Old Dominion and Western Kentucky play for the Conference USA men’s tournament championship Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

THROWING DOWN

Western Kentucky sophomore Josh Anderson electrified the crowd with two first-half steals punctuated by dunks at the other end. The first was a two-hander with his back to the basket, the second a one-handed tomahawk slam.

BATTLE OF BIG MEN

Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury calls out to his team during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Old Dominion for the Conference USA men's tournament championship Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury calls out to his team during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Old Dominion for the Conference USA men’s tournament championship Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

Monarchs unheralded senior center Elbert Robinson III, an LSU transfer, scored six points in the first half by making all three shots to go with three rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal. Robinson combined with Dajour Dickens and Kalu Ezikpe to keep Charles Bassey in check. “It was a hell of a time for (Robinson) to play his best game of the season,”

EMOTIONAL COACH

Jones admitted that he was choked up after the game. “It hasn’t been an easy year for both personal and professional reasons.” Before the season began, Jones learned that he had a recurrence of prostate cancer.

Old Dominion guard Xavier Green (10) shoots against Western Kentucky guard Jared Savage (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men's tournament championship, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
Old Dominion guard Xavier Green (10) shoots against Western Kentucky guard Jared Savage (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men’s tournament championship, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

UP NEXT

Western Kentucky: Most likely will not receive an NCAA Tournament at-large berth and will wait for an offer from another postseason tournament.

Old Dominion: Will wait Sunday for seeding, opponent and site in the round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament.

Western Kentucky center Charles Bassey (23) shoots as Old Dominion forward Dajour Dickens (23) and guards Ahmad Caver (4) and Jason Wade (1) defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men's tournament championship Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
Western Kentucky center Charles Bassey (23) shoots as Old Dominion forward Dajour Dickens (23) and guards Ahmad Caver (4) and Jason Wade (1) defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men’s tournament championship Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

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Western Kentucky guard Josh Anderson (4) goes up for a dunk against Old Dominion during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men's tournament championship, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
Western Kentucky guard Josh Anderson (4) goes up for a dunk against Old Dominion during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Conference USA men’s tournament championship, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)