ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It didn’t take any deep thinking to guess how this one might go.
Except for a late, desperate rally, the Ivy League’s best had trouble hanging with the only private school in the Southeastern Conference.
John Jenkins made all six of his late free throws and scored 27 points to help Vanderbilt hold off Harvard 79-70 in an East Regional game, otherwise known as ‘‘The Brain Bowl.’’
Vanderbilt’s senior-heavy group won its NCAA opener after the Commodores went winless in the tournament in 2008, ‘10 and ‘11 despite being seeded 4th, 4th and 5th. The Commodores (25-10) were a ‘5’ for this one, as well, but came in with a victory over top-ranked Kentucky last weekend and armed with plenty of lessons from past failures.
‘‘We probably didn’t feel pressure, but we understand that people were looking at us as an upset trend in recent years,’’ senior Lance Goulbourne said. ‘‘But we play the game looking forward, not looking backward. So this is a different year.’’
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