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“You couldn’t ask for much better,” said senior guard Brandyn Curry, who had 14 points in in the 70-58 win over the Bulldogs on Friday night that secured the outright Ivy League championship. “It means a lot to come back after everything and win here, in this place.”
Curry was on this same floor three years ago, when Harvard lost to Princeton on a buzzer-beater in a conference playoff game. That was the last time someone other than Harvard represented the Ivy League in the NCAA tournament.
This year, the Crimson jumped out to a 16-2 lead. They never trailed and led by 18 in the second half.
“All the hard work we’ve put in, it’s paid off,” Curry said. “We know that we’re going now.”
Justin Sears had 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs (15-12, 9-4). He was 11 of 16 from the floor. The rest of the team was 7 of 34.
But Chambers answered with a 3-pointer on the other end. Another 3 by Laurent Rivard pushed the lead back to 12 at 65-53 and Yale was forced to foul.
“We had our chances, even with a 17-point lead,” Yale coach James Jones said.
Sears, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds in Yale’s upset of Harvard last month, kept the Bulldogs within striking distance, scoring 13 first-half points. His dunk on a wrap-around feed from Brandon Sherrod cut it to 27-19.
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