Crimson staff writer
Senior wing Wesley Saunders had North Carolina on its heels for much of Thursday's game, but Harvard fell just short, 67-65.
After trailing for all but the opening 40 seconds of play against ACC power North Carolina, the Crimson stormed back to take a two-point lead with 1:15 remaining. But four straight Tar Heel points prompted Harvard senior wing Wesley Saunders to heave up one last shot as time expired, one that failed to extend the Crimson's season.
One decade ago, sixth-graders Siyani Chambers and Marcus Paige stepped onto a hardwood court in the upper-Midwest corridor of the country.
Now, just about three decades after North Carolina coach Roy Williams first watched him play on his high school’s hardwood, Amaker will finally get the chance to face off against the program that he was taught to ‘hate’ and the coach whom sat on his rival’s sideline for so long.
The Harvard men's basketball team watched together at the Murr Center as it received a No. 13 seed for the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson will play North Carolina on Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
All attention was on senior wing Wesley Saunders as he, head down, barreled his way into the paint. As he planted his left foot in the heart of the key, his defender took a slight step backward, likely anticipating the trademark Saunders spin move—not the reverse pivot that took place instead, and certainly not his shovel pass to co-captain Steve Moundou-Missi that took place moments later.
Harvard took care of business in its win over Brown Saturday evening. And in a wild 13 seconds of play in Hanover, Dartmouth climbed back from a four-point deficit, defeating Yale on a last-moment score to give Harvard a share of the Ivy League crown and keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive.