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.
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.
After a lackluster first half in which both teams struggled from the floor, the Harvard’s men’s basketball team wasted no time after intermission, jumping out to a 22-2 run to begin the period en route to a 61-40 win.
For about two years now, Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker has called point guard Siyani Chambers “the most important player” on the Crimson roster—with 2.9 seconds left in Friday night’s game, the junior co-captain earned that moniker.
The momentum regained by Siyani Chambers’s three helped Harvard reclaim the top spot in the Ancient Eight standings, as the Crimson (15-5, 5-1) took down Yale, 52-50, Saturday night at John J. Lee Amphitheater.