Gamecenter: Cornell 72, Harvard 71

1st 2nd Final
Cornell (15-5, 7-0 Ivy) 34 38 72
Harvard (6-17, 1-6 Ivy) 29 42 71
Lavietes Pavilion – Allston, MA Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Cornell had sliced an 11-point deficit to just two, and Harvard’s lead had been bouncing back and forth between two and four points, until Jeremy Lin drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key with 31.6 seconds left to put the Crimson up 71-66. Louis Dale’s shot wouldn’t fall, but Alex Tyler grabbed the offensive board and put it back to make it a three-point game. With Cornell pressing on the inbounds play, Harvard tried the long touchdown pass to Lin, who struggled to control it, then tried to go one-on-one with Ryan Wittman, but slipped and lost the ball out of bounds. At the other end, Evan Harris was whistled for a questionable goaltending call on a Tyler shot that didn’t appear to have a chance of going in, bringing the Big Red within one. Despite having timeouts left, the Crimson failed to use them when it had trouble inbounding the ball, resulting in a five-second call that gave the ball back to Cornell with under 10 seconds to play.
Key sign it was over On the ensuing inbounds, Ryan Wittman set a great screen for Tyler, who once again got open underneath, and Louis Dale found him for the layup to put Cornell on top. Harvard opted not to call timeout and rushed the ball down the court. Drew Housman attempted a driving, leaning shot from the right side of the lane, but it was well off the mark. However, the ball went out of bounds to the Crimson with 1.3 seconds left. The inbounds pass was poor, however, and rolled to the other end of the court and out of bounds without being touched. The Big Red threw it long, and though Lin intercepted, he didn’t have enough time to turn and fling up a desperation shot, as the Big Red escaped with the win.
Key performance Tyler scored the final six points during his team’s shocking late rally to finish with a double-double — 19 points and 10 rebounds. The sophomore forward was a very efficient 9 of 11 from the field on the night.
Key statistic With the outside shots not falling and Harvard faring better at the line, two-point shooting made all the difference. Cornell finished 26 of 40 (65.0 percent) inside the arc, while holding Harvard to 17 of 36 (47.2 percent) on its two-point attempts, resulting in a 34-26 edge for the Big Red in the paint.

– Wittman led all scorers with 20 points for Cornell, while Dale added 12.

– Housman was one of three Harvard players in double figures with 18, and was joined by Lin (15) and Harris (10).

– The Big Red fared better on the boards, grabbing 33.3 percent offensively while holding the Crimson to just 16.1 percent.

– Harvard won the turnover battle 16-12.

– The Big Red heads up to Hanover to face Dartmouth, while the Crimson welcomes Columbia to Lavietes Pavilion, with both contests scheduled for 7:00 pm ET, on Saturday, February 16.

Jake Wilson

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