Ivy League 2011: Princeton Edges Harvard, 63-62, To Earn NCAA Tournament Berth

Douglas Davis scored 15 points as Princeton edged Harvard, 63-62, in a one-game playoff that gave the Tigers an NCAA Tournament berth on Saturday afternoon at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Connecticut.

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VIDEO: Douglas Davis' Game-Winner Sends Princeton To NCAA Tournament

Douglas Davis was the hero of the night in college basketball, sinking the game-winning shot with one second left to send the Princeton Tigers past the Harvard Crimson, 63-62, on Saturday afternoon in New Haven, Connecticut.

Not only did Davis' shot send Princeton past Harvard, but it also clinched an NCAA Tournament berth for the Tigers, who will be making their first trip to the big dance since 2004.

Harvard has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 1946, but the loss to Princeton on Saturday does not completely erase its chances, as the Crimson can still reach the NCAA Tourney by receiving an at-large bid on Selection Sunday.

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Ivy League 2011: Princeton Edges Harvard, 63-62, To Claim NCAA Tournament Berth

Douglas Davis (15 points) hit the game-winning jumper with one second left as Princeton edged Harvard, 63-62, to gain an NCAA Tournament berth on Saturday afternoon at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Connecticut.

Princeton (25-6) trailed 32-25 entering halftime, but outscored the Crimson 38-30 in the final half to claim the Ivy Leagues' NCAA Tournament auto-bid. Kyle Casey's jumper with 59 second left gave Harvard a 60-59 lead, but Ian Hummer's jumper on the other end gave the Tigers' a 61-60 edge with 37 seconds to go.

Brandyn Curry made a layup with 10 ticks remaining to put Harvard on top 62-61. Davis' layup with three seconds left was blocked by Casey, but Davis grabbed the rebound and put up the game-winner.

Hummer had 13 points and nine rebounds for Princeton, which shot 41.1% from the field. Dan Mavraides had 11 points and Kareem Maddox added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Tigers.

Keith Wright finished with a game-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting for Harvard (23-6), which shot 51.1%. Oliver McNally scored 13 points and both Christian Webster and Curry had 12 points for the Crimson.

Despite the loss, Harvard still has a chance to obtain an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament on Selection Sunday.

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Ivy League 2011: Princeton Forces One-Game Playoff Against Harvard For NCAA Tournament Bid

Facing a 19-23 halftime deficit in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, the Princeton Tigers had twenty minutes of basketball left to save their season. They turned to Kareem Maddox, who did not disappoint. The senior forward poured in 21 points in the second half, adding in five assists, three rebounds, and a block along the way to lead Princeton to a 70-58 victory.

With the win pushing Princeton's Ivy League record to 12-2, the Tigers pulled into a tie with the Harvard Crimson atop the league. With no tournament, and only one automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, that leave's only one option: a one-game playoff, winner take all.

The playoff game, scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at 4 p.m. EST, will take place at neutral Yale. The game will be broadcast by ESPN3 and SIRIUS Satellite Radio on channel 130. GoCrimson.com will also provide free audio of the game.

With a win, Harvard would clinch their first ever outright Ivy League men's basketball title, and just their second ever NCAA Tournament appearance (their first coming in 1946). In fact, Harvard is the only Ivy team that has never won a conference championship -- Princeton has won a share of the league title 25 times.

It  was only March 5 when the two teams last faced eachother. With Harvard's 79-67 win securing a share of the title for the Crimson, the team's fans stormed the court. Princeton coach Sydney Johnson made his team sit on the bench and watch their opposition's celebrations, hoping to motivate his team. 

On Saturday, he'll get to see if it worked.

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