Harvard's NCAA wait finally over

March 7, 2012 12:00 am

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Harvard is going to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946 and it didn't even break a sweat. Princeton defeated Penn, 62-52, Tuesday behind 18 points and 10 rebounds from Ian Hummer, denying the Quakers the chance to tie Harvard, which finished its season Saturday at 26-4 and 12-2 in the league.

Had Penn (19-12, 11-3) defeated Princeton, the Quakers and Crimson would have met in a one-game playoff to determine the Ivy League champion and recipient of the league's automatic bid.

Instead, Princeton (19-11, 10-4) spoiled Penn's hopes, jumping to a 17-point, first-half lead and withstanding a run that got the Quakers within 34-31 with 12:25 to play.

Hummer then hit a 15-footer to ignite a 7-0 run and the Tigers, who beat Harvard in a playoff for the title last season, closed out the game for their 17th consecutive league win at home.

First Published 2012-03-06 23:02:14

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