And, fittingly, McColl replied to the storybook situation with a fairy-tale ending, crushing a no-doubt grand slam to right-center to send the Crimson to a walk-off 10-8 victory.
The Crimson held on in a low-scoring game to beat Northeastern, 4-3, and will look to capture a second straight Beanpot title.
If Harvard could win yet again on the road, over the 11-point favorite Wolfpack, the Crimson would advance to within a game of the semifinal round, which will be hosted at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
But with three minutes left in its season, the Crimson found the grit and composure to fight back on both ends of the floor, riding cagey point guard play and clutch free throw shooting from Bryce Aiken to a 71-68 win, a signature moment of the 2018-2019 season.
For the second straight year, Harvard was the regular season champion and number one seed of the Ivy League forced to play on the road, falling to Yale by a 97-85 score, the hosts of this year’s tournament.
The Harvard men’s basketball team dashed past the Quakers in the final minutes to book a spot in the tournament final in New Haven.
The last time these two teams played, Harvard and Columbia went to triple overtime. Tonight, the stakes will be markedly higher, as the Crimson attempt to seal yet another regular season Ivy League Championship.
When time had expired, the Crimson was left with a 13-point loss that didn’t truly reflect up how close the game was from wire-to-wire.
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Their home is now empty. The small kitchen is empty of rich flavors and smells, the bedrooms empty of soft laughter and whispers.
With senior night looming tomorrow at Lavietes Pavilion, Harvard will savor the taste of a victory over a foe that has haunted them in recent years.
But nearly 10 years later, Coach Mike Martin secured the Bears’ first victory over the Crimson in 20 tries, as Brown clung to a 10-point halftime lead in the final minutes to secure a 88-79 victory.
Saturday night’s game was more than just another game for Harvard, as the team was able to avenge its Ivy League Championship loss from last season.
On Friday night, Aiken’s 44-point performance, one of the most incredible efforts seen in Harvard history, helped the Crimson cling to a 98-96 victory over Columbia in 3OT, in one of the greatest games ever played at Lavietes Pavilion.
But anyone who’s met the 30 year-old that took the world by storm seven years ago, knows that Jeremy Lin’s future is much brighter than just basketball.
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