Knicks’ Lin Watches Harvard Advance Toward First NCAA Tournament Spot
Lin, 23, a Harvard economics graduate, was undrafted and cut by two National Basketball Association teams before he came off the Knicks’ bench on Feb. 4 to spark a 10-3 record. The 6- foot-3 Lin played four years at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Harvard and was a unanimous first-team all Ivy League selection in 2010 as a senior.
The Crimson (25-4), the preseason Ivy League favorite, improved their conference record to 11-2 with one regular-season game remaining today at Cornell. The University of Pennsylvania also won and could force a playoff for the NCAA spot.
There have been eight tiebreakers in the history of the Ivy League, the only conference in basketball’s top division without a season-ending tournament. Penn has won at least a share of the league title 25 times since 1957, second to Princeton’s 26, while Harvard’s co-title last year was its first.
Harvard, which led 34-30 at halftime, was outscored 32-28 in the second half as Columbia’s Mark Cisco tied the game at 62- 62 with two layups. Oliver McNally missed a 3-pointer with two seconds left in regulation.
Brian Barbour led Columbia (14-15, 3-10 Ivy) with 23 points.
Zach Rosen had 19 points for the Quakers at the Palestra in Philadelphia. Jean Harris led the Bears with 16.
If Harvard and Penn both finish with 12-2 records, they would have a one-game playoff to determine the conference’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA tournament.
Harvard lost in the final second of a one-game playoff with Princeton last season after the two schools tied for the regular-season conference title.
In other Ivy League games, it was Princeton 64, Yale 57 and Cornell 70, Dartmouth 57.
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