The Harvard basketball team made a star of yet another second stringer at New Haven Saturday night, but, as usual, the second stringer wasn't wearing a Harvard uniform.
Yale junior Rob Jackson came off the bench with 12 minutes left in the first half and proceeded to score eight of his team's next 11 points, propelling the Elis toward an eventual 84-69 Ivy League triumph.
Jackson added another field goal before intermission and four more in the second period, finishing with 18 point. Yale's All-Ivy candidate, sophomore Jim Morgan, had 26, captain Thatcher Shellaby capped 15 and 6-9 center John Whiston, 14.
Harvard, its League record tumbling to 3-10, made only a third of its shots from the field, 25 of 75, and missed 10 of 29 free throw attempts. Junior center Ernie Hardy kept the Crimson in the game until midway in the final period, the 6-4 Hardy had 18 rebounds and 14 points.
When Jackson appeared, midway through the opening period, Chris Gallagher had just tied the game at 19 on two free throws. Whiston's free throw put Yale back on top. Dale Dover missed a pair at the line and then Jackson took over.
Only 5-10, with the longest hair per inch in the Ivies, he got open for a long jump shot from the right. Dover got it back on a tip-in but Jackson dropped in another jumper. Eli reserve Jack Langer hit from underneath, Morgan made a foul shot, Eric Gustavson and Hardy sank jumpers and then Jackson made a layup and another long bomb, giving Yale a four point lead, 31-27.
Hardy and captain Bob Kanuth Struck back for the Crimson, cutting the lead to one, 39-38, at the half.
Gustavson's 20-footer pushed Harvard into a brief lead at the start of the final period, but two buckets by Jackson and one each by Shellaby and Whiston broke the game open. After eight minutes, Yale led, 57-49, and Eli coach Joe Vancisin cleared his bench with three minutes left.
Yale finished the League season with a 6-8 record. Harvard has one more game against Dartmouth at Hanover tomorrow night.
Hardy was the Crimson's leading scorer. Dover added 13 and Gallagher, his contact lenses still lost and so bothered by regular glasses that he tried to play without an optical corrective had 10.