Harvard University [23-5] men’s basketball team apparently lives another day, as the Crimson took care of business Saturday by defeating the Princeton Tigers [23-6], 79-67. With the win, Harvard has earned part of the 2011 Ivy League conference title and has at least secured a one-game playoff, pending Princeton’s final regular season game on Tuesday against University of Pennsylvania. If Penn beats the Tigers, Harvard would then be deemed the conference champion for the first time in school history since 1946 and receive an automatic NCAA tournament bid.
The Crimson were led by sophomore forward Kyle Casey, who scored a career high 24-points, as well as junior guard Olivar McNally who finished the game with 15-points, two assists and two rebounds. McNally was also a perfect [10-10] from the free throw line.
Other key players in the win for Harvard included junior forward Keith Wright with 13-points and sophomore guard Brandyn Curry, who ended the game with 10-points and 10 assists.
Princeton was led by senior guard Dan Mavraides who tallied 25-points, six rebounds and one assist.