NCAA Game Summary - Harvard vs. New Mexico
(Thursday, March 21st)
Final Score: Harvard 68, New Mexico 62
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Wesley Saunders scored a team-high 18
points to lift Harvard to its first ever NCAA Tournament victory, as the 14th-
seeded Crimson upended No. 3 seed New Mexico, 68-62, on Thursday in a second-
round matchup in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament.
Laurent Rivard followed with 17 points, while Christian Webster and Kenyatta
Smith added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Harvard (20-9), which gained
access to the event by virtue of winning the regular-season title in the Ivy
"This is the No. 1 moment in my career," the senior Webster said. "The thought
came to mind that this could be the last game. We showed a lot of toughness,
The Crimson will next face sixth-seeded Arizona in Saturday's third round.
Alex Kirk paced the Lobos (29-6) with 22 points and 12 boards, while Cameron
Bairstow netted 15 points and grabbed nine boards for New Mexico, which lost
to Louisville in the third round of last year's NCAA Tournament.
"I've got all the respect in the world for Tommy. He does it the right way,"
New Mexico head coach Steve Alford said of Harvard coach Tommy Amaker. "His
staff was very well prepared. They had a good game plan and they executed it
The Crimson scored nine of the first 11 points of the contest and never
trailed in the first half, as they knocked down half of their 10 3-point tries
and shot 56.5 percent from the field in the frame to take a 31-27 edge into
New Mexico netted the first six points of the second to take its first lead of
the contest on Tony Snell's jumper, but Webster and Rivard buried back-to-back
triples before Smith finished a layup to give Harvard a 39-33 edge just over 2
1/2 minutes into the final stanza.
The Lobos cut the lead to two five separate times over the next nine-plus
minutes, but couldn't find the go-ahead bucket until Jamal Fenton nailed a
trey to put his team in front 49-47 with just under eight minutes left.
New Mexico's lead was one, 53-52, with under 6 1/2 minutes remaining before
Rivard knocked down a 3-pointer to give Harvard the lead for good.
After the Lobos came up empty on their next two touches, Saunders and Smith
knocked down back-to-back jumpers around an illegal screen foul on Bairstow to
extend Harvard's lead to 59-53 with 4:39 to play.
Kirk's tip-in just over a minute later brought the Lobos back within four, but
Smith answered with a pair of free throws, and after Snell and Kirk each
missed a jumper on New Mexico's next possession, Chambers buried a foul-
line jumper to push the margin to eight with 2:17 left.
Fenton's triple with 1:32 left cut the margin to five, but Harvard was able to
hold off the Lobos by knocking down 5-of-8 from the charity stripe over the
UNM fell to 8-15 all-time in the NCAA Tournament ... Harvard is making its
third NCAA Tournament appearance in program history ... Harvard shot 52.4
percent (22-for-42) from the field overall ... New Mexico shot 37.5 percent
(21-for-56) from the floor ... Snell finished with nine points for the Lobos.
03/22 02:57:45 ET
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