Kyle Casey scored 20 points and Harvard's defense delivered down the stretch as the Crimson rallied past Princeton, 67-64, Friday night at Lavietes Pavilion. Harvard can clinch a tie for the Ivy League title Saturday night when it hosts second-place Penn, which edged Dartmouth on Friday.
Brandyn Curry added 15 points and six assists and sparked two second-half spurts -- one that rallied Harvard from a seven-point deficit into the lead, and the second that put the Crimson ahead for good while Princeton was going over six minutes without a point.
"I just thought our defense and our will to win tonight was outstanding," Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said. "We had to go to different people in different moments. Again, our bench and our balance gave us an outstanding performance, and we needed it. I thought Brandon Curry's play in particular, he's been spectacular for us going down the stretch here with our season."
Casey hit 7-of-13 shots and also had eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
"It was a game we had to win," Casey said. "When you have to win, people have to step up. Tonight, I was kind of feeling it. My shots were falling."
Also for Harvard (24-3, 10-1 Ivy) , Oliver McNally scored 13 points -- including 6-of-6 free throws in the final 18 seconds -- and Keith Wright contributed 12 points and six rebounds.
Ian Hummer and Douglas Davis scored 14 points apiece for Princeton (15-11, 6-4).
Princeton, the only Ivy team to beat Harvard this season, was in control of this game for much of it, leading by seven with 11:03 left after a strong driving layup by Jimmy Sherburne. Harvard then embarked on a 9-0 run. The Crimson finally got back even with 9:58 remaining after Curry sparked a five-point run in a matter of seconds. First he drove baseline and scored on a layup while being fouled. After hitting the free throw, he forced a turnover on the inbounds pass. Then he drove and made a nice pass to Wright, who was fouled and hit both free throws to even the score at 50. Less than 30 seconds later, Wright tipped in a rebound to put Harvard up by a pair.
The game seesawed after that, with Curry hitting a trey to give Harvard a two-point lead and then hitting a driving layup for a four-point advantage, 59-55.
Princeton did not score for over six minutes, finally ending the drought when T.J. Bray hit 1-of-2 free throws with just over two minutes left. That made it a 59-56 game.
Davis hit a bank shot in the lane with 54 seconds left to draw Princeton with a point. At the other end, Casey was fouled down low with 34 seconds remaining. Hit nailed both from the line to make it 61-58. After a Princeton miss, McNally hit two free throws with 18 seconds left for a five-point cushion.
Bray nailed a long 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to get Princeton back within a pair, but McNally hit two more free throws to to make it 65-61. Davis then lost the ball dribbling up the sideline, and McNally sewed it up with two more free throws. Davis hit a desperation heave at the buzzer for the final scoring.
Harvard struggled overall at the free throw line, missing seven of its first 16, but the Crimson went 8-for-8 in the final 34 seconds, with six of those coming from McNally.
Harvard scored the game's first seven points, but Princeton stormed back and led by as many as 10 in the opening half. A period-ending 9-0 run by the Crimson -- fueled by Casey, who had 12 points and six rebounds in the half -- cut the deficit to one at the break, 33-32.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start Thursday and play most of the game. They talk about what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.
Julian Edelman joins Christian and Danny Picard to talk about his approach going into the season, his performance this preseason, as well as the VMAs, and preventing cramps using mustard.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
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Red Sox Manager John Farrell talks about Bogaerts' concussion and the youth movement.
As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.
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DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
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The usual suspects had the day off so the hosts of The Real Post Game Show stepped to talk about the Pats. Logan Mankins and Ryan Mallett were both traded and Miami is 6 days away.
John Frates called in to the show to discuss his son Peter and his past experience with Fred.
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The Patriots finally completed a deal that was speculated for weeks, when they traded back up QB Ryan Mallett to the Texans for a conditional 7th round pick. Mallett will be reunited with former New England quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien.
More reaction from the Logan Mankins-Tim Wright trade.
Tom Curran recaps the Pats preseason and talks about some of the players who may get cut.
Michael Irvin talks about the final preseason game for the Patriots and the biggest storylines heading into the opening weekend.
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Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
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Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, so Pete and Jim get their final thoughts of some drafting strategies. They discuss their Auction draft from earlier in the week. Also, some big name players that smart drafters should avoid.
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