SPOKANE – Harvard reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons after upsetting fifth-seeded Cincinnati on Thursday, 61-57. Wesley Saunders paced the No. 12-seed Crimson with 12 points. Siyani Chambers added 11, including five straight points in the game’s final two minutes.
The Crimson has become the first Ivy League team to win NCAA Tournament games in back-to-back seasons since Princeton in 1983-84. Harvard is just the third team to win a Round of 64 game in consecutive seasons as a 12-seed or lower.
Ted Robinson and Bill Frieder called the action on WestwoodOne Sports.
(Kevin Johnson’s first bucket ends a 6-minute Cincinnati scoring drought.)
(Wesley Saunders keeps Harvard on top, 54-49.)
(A Sean Kilpatrick jumper inside the arc cuts the Crimson lead to 54-51.)
(Siyani Chambers hits a big shot to give Harvard a three-point lead with 1:50 to go.)
(Clock winds down as Harvard completes the upset.)
(Postgame interview with Harvard’s Wesley Saunders.)
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