Harvard Reaches NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for First Time Since 1946

Harvard University clinched its first trip to the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament since 1946 when the University of Pennsylvania lost tonight at Princeton University.

Penn fell 62-52 to Princeton in the conference’s season finale, leaving the Quakers with an 11-3 record in Ivy League play. Harvard won the league title and an automatic NCAA berth with a 12-2 conference record.

Harvard senior forward and co-captain Keith Wright told the Harvard Crimson student newspaper that he was thrilled to see an end to the school’s 65-year tournament drought.

“This is absolutely crazy,” Wright said. “You have no idea how excited I am. I’ve been running for 30 minutes, in the freezing cold, screaming at the top of my lungs.”

Ian Hummer had 18 points for Princeton (19-11) in the game at Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, New Jersey. Zack Rosen had 19 points for Penn (19-12).

“I’m obviously disappointed,” Penn coach Jerome Allen told reporters after his team’s seven-game winning streak ended. “We wanted to control our own destiny and everything we did to prepare was connected to winning the league.”

Harvard’s basketball team, which has gotten recent acclaim because of graduate Jeremy Lin’s play for the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks, made its only NCAA tournament appearance in 1946, when it lost to Ohio State and New York University.

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