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NEW HAVEN, March 3--Harvard played tough basketball during the first half, but couldn't keep the fast-breaking Yale quintet and irrepressible Bill Madden under control in the concluding period of tonight's game. When time graciously ran out, the Ivy Champions had achieved an 82-65 triumph in the regular season's final game.
As usual, Harvard had many minutes of brilliance, but these were sprinkled in between less fortunate periods.
Remembering the lesson of the previous Yale contest, the Crimson began the game with a alow, deliberate approach. Using a remarkably effective 2-1-1 sone and carefully working its offensive pattern, Harvard managed to hold the score to 5-5 after more than 12 minutes of play.
Then, with seven minutes remaining in the half, Wilson removed the seniors who began the game and inserted Pete Kelly and company. Their effect was immediately felt, and Harvard grabbed a six point lead.
Yale opened the second half looking for blood, and quickly closing the gap. Tearing down the court at break-neck speed, the Yalies succeded in changing the pace of the game and destroyed Harvard's control of the procedings.
In an effort to check the unchallenged outside set shots of Madden, coach Wilson instructed his boys to shift the sone to a 1-3-1 set-up. The move only brought on confusion and more Yale scoring, so Harvard made another defensive change, this time to a switching man-to-man.
The Bulldogs lost little time in taking advantage of this situation. Abandoning the outside shots, Madden and his friends ripped through for lay-up after lay-up. Little Gene Augustine fought desperately to turn the tide, but he could stop Madden alone.
Meanwhile, Yale began to use its pressing man-to-man defense with fine results, and the flow of Harvard baskets was cut to a trickle.
Madden thrilled the home crowd, which was seeing him for the last time, with 32 points. Rick Kaminsky, who wasn't really very spectacular, wiggled through for 17, several of them tip-ins on Madden set shots. Captain Gary Borchard closed his Crimson career with 19, 13 coming on free throws. Pete Kelley and his turn away jump garnered 15.
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