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Harvard 67, Cornell 63

Harvard clinches share of Ivy League title

Harvard's Keith Wright attempted a shot against Cornell.

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Harvard's Keith Wright attempted a shot against Cornell.

ITHACA, N.Y. — Oliver McNally made four free throws in the final 20 seconds as Harvard held off Cornell 67-63 Saturday night to clinch at least a share of its second straight Ivy League title.

With Pennsylvania’s victory over Yale, the Crimson (26-4, 12-2), who have concluded their regular season, need a Quakers loss Tuesday at Princeton to clinch the crown outright and earn an NCAA tournament berth for the first time since making their only appearance in 1946.

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After the Big Red (12-16, 7-7) took their first lead at 30-29, Brandyn Curry hit four straight 3-pointers to give the Crimson a 41-34 advantage with 14:04 left.

Harvard built an 11-point lead, but Cornell closed to 56-55 with 3:54 remaining. After Kyle Casey’s layup, McNally scored the Crimson’s final nine points to finish with 17.

Chris Wroblewski’s 19 points led the Big Red, who also lost to the Crimson 71-60 on Feb. 3.

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