Harvard Shocks New Mexico [VIDEO]
Harvard’s men’s basketball program has established an athletic achievement that ranks up there with some of the school’s academic highlights.
The No. 14 seeded Crimson sprung the upset of the NCAA tournament so far dumping third-seed New Mexico 68-62 in the second round. It’s the first NCAA tournament win in for the Ivy League champs and comes against a Lobos team that was expected to advance deep into the tournament.
Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard had 17 to pace Harvard’s advance to a meeting against Arizona.
Alex Kirk had 22 for New Mexico which hasn’t made it out of the first weekend of the tournament since 1974.
Gonzaga had to scramble to keep from becoming the first No. 1 seed that was knocked off by a 16th seed. The Bulldogs held off an upset bid from Southern 64-58, behind 21 points from Kelly Olynyk. The Jaguars tied the game at 56 on a jumper from Derick Beltran with 3:45 to go. But Southern would only get a pair of free throws from Beltran the rest of the way to squelch any ideas of making NCAA tournament history.
In other second round play;
—Russ Smith led the way for No. 1 overall seed Louisville in a 79-48 blowout of North Carolina A&T. The Cardinals recorded a tournament record 20 steals and forced the Aggies in 27 turnovers.
— Marquette had to rally from a nine-point deficit to edge Davidson 59-58. Vander Blue’s layup with one second left capped the Golden Eagle’s rally.
— Memphis held on to beat Saint Mary’s 54-52. Matthew Dellavedova’s 3-pointer from the right wing sailed long as time expired on the Gaels, allowing the Tigers to advance.
— VCU made NCAA history with an 88-42 blowout of Akron behind 23 points from Troy Daniels and 21 from Juvonte Reddic. It’s the most lop-sided win by a No. 5 seed over a 12th seed in the tournament.
— Syracuse crushed Montana 81-34 in the Orange’s most one-sided tournament win since beating Brown 101-52 in 1986. Brandon Triche (TRISH) led the way with 20 points.
— Dorian Green scored 17 of his 26 points in the first half when Colorado State shot 58 percent and the Rams went on to beat Missouri 84-72.
— Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway, Jr. each scored 21 points to lead fourth-seed Michigan to a 71-56 win over South Dakota State. The Wolverines won despite having star guard Trey Burke held to six points, the first time he scored in single digits all season.
— Mark Lyons scored 23 points to lead Arizona to an 81-64 rout of Belmont. The Wildcats held a 44-18 edge on the boards, outscored Belmont 36-18 in the paint, blocked five shots and outshot the Bruins from 3-point range.
— Allen Crabbe had 19 points and nine rebounds and reserve Robert Thurman scored all 12 of his points on dunks as 12th-seeded California upset fifth-seeded UNLV 64-61. Cal held the Runnin’ Rebels without a basket for 11 minutes in the second half.
— Michigan State moved past Valparaiso 65-54. Derrick Nix had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Spartans.
— Damyean Dotson scored 17 points and Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 17 rebounds to help 12th-seeded Oregon knock off fifth-seeded Oklahoma State 68-55.
— Malcolm Armstead scored 22 points, Cleanthony Early added 21 and ninth-seeded Wichita State defeated eighth-seeded Pittsburgh 73-55. Freshman Steven Adams led Pitt with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
— Fourth-seeded Saint Louis had little trouble with New Mexico State 64-44. Dwayne Evans scored 24 points and Cody Ellis added 12 points for the Billikens.
— Butler made its free throws down the stretch to hold off upset-minded Bucknell 68-56. Andrew Smith had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds while Roosevelt Jones added 14 points for Butler.