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In OT thriller, Harvard upends Columbia, 77-70

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Men’s basketball team can clinch Ivy title with win Saturday at Cornell

Keith Wright scored 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting and had eight rebounds, while Kyle Casey had 19 points, as the Harvard men’s basketball team earned a 77-70 win in overtime on the road at Columbia Friday. The Crimson improves to 25-4 overall, a program record for wins, and 11-2 in the Ivy League, and holds a half game lead over Penn (18-11, 10-2 Ivy) with a game remaining.

Harvard will conclude the regular season by visiting Cornell Saturday evening in a game that will be shown live on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. A Crimson victory would clinch at least a share of the program’s second straight Ivy League title, while a Harvard victory combined with a Penn loss to Yale Saturday or a Quaker loss at Princeton Tuesday would clinch the outright Ancient Eight crown and the NCAA tournament automatic berth for the Crimson.

Brandyn Curry dished out eight assists for Harvard, while Oliver McNally went 7-of-8 from the line, finishing with 12 points. Brian Barbour led Columbia (14-15, 3-10) with 23 points. The Crimson shot 56 percent for the game (27 of 48) from the field, while controlling the boards, 28-23.

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