Men's Basketball Beats Yale in Ivy Playoff, Clinching NCAA Tournament Berth

Going Dancing
The Harvard men's basketball team is heading back to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in as many years.

UPDATED: March 14, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA—“I was wide open.”

“It went in.”

That’s how co-captain Steve Moundou-Missi described one of the biggest shots in Harvard men’s basketball history. It was an eighteen-footer from just right of the top of the key. It left Moundou-Missi’s hands with eight seconds left and his team tied at 51 against Yale in Saturday’s Ivy Playoff game.


It went in.


The Shot
Senior forward Steve Moundou-Missi hits the game-winner with 7.2 seconds left to lift Harvard over Yale, 53-51, in Saturday's Ivy League Playoff game.

“This is what you dream about.”

That’s what senior wing Wesley Saunders said about the win—about the run he’s had. The 53-51 victory sends the Crimson to its fourth straight NCAA Tournament. Saunders has had the same spring break plans every year of his college career.


“What an afternoon.” Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said in an understatement as usual. “What an afternoon for Ivy League basketball.”


Before Moundou-Missi’s shot, there was the pass.

Saunders had scored 18 of the Crimson’s 28 second-half points coming into the possession (he finished with 22 points in the game), so Amaker put the ball in his playmaker’s hands once more.