Oliver McNally made four free throws in the final seconds and scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, while Brandyn Curry drained four 3-pointers, finishing with 12 points, as the Harvard men’s basketball team clinched at least a share of its second straight Ivy League title with a 67-63 win at Cornell Saturday evening.
Harvard, which concludes its regular season at 26-4 and 12-2 in the Ancient Eight, will await Tuesday evening’s matchup between Penn (11-2 Ivy) and Princeton in Princeton, N.J. A Princeton win could clinch the outright Ivy League title for Harvard, as well as the NCAA tournament’s automatic berth, while a Penn victory would force a one-game playoff between the Quakers and Crimson at a date and location to be determined.
Kyle Casey scored 11 (4-7 FG), while Keith Wright had eight points (3-6 FG) and 11 rebounds. The Crimson shot .49 (21-43 FG) for the game, hitting 12-of-26 3-point attempts (.46) including 7-of-13 in the second half. Harvard’s 26 victories establish a program record for a single season, and the Crimson ties last season’s squad with 12 conference victories. Harvard has won two Ivy League crowns in program history (2010-11 and 2011-12).
Chris Wroblewski shook off a 6-for-16 shooting night to lead Cornell (12-16, 7-7 Ivy) with 19 points, to go with seven assists. Harvard’s hot-shooting second half was matched in every way by the home-standing Big Red, which connected on 6-of-11 from deep to keep the game close. But it wasn’t enough to stop the Crimson.
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