Harvard Stuns New Mexico, 68-62 For First NCAA Tournament Win in School History


Harvard, previously winless in three NCAA tournament games, stunned 3rd-seeded New Mexico in Salt Lake City, 68-62, on the strength of a patient, efficient offense.

The 14th-seeded Crimson, previously 0-3 in the tourney – last year’s trip to the Dance was their first in 66 years – will now advance to the second round* Saturday to play 6th seeded Arizona.

Steve Alford, who just signed a 10-year contract extension, knows what it’s like to lose to a 14-seed: at Iowa in 2006, the Hawkeyes lost to Northwestern State on this miraculous shot. WAC Player of the Year Kendall Williams was a non-factor – just eight points on 1-of-6 shooting – and the Lobos’ 2nd best player, Tony Snell, had a miserable night as well (4-of-12, 1-of-6 three-pointers).

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* The NCAA refers to it as the “3rd round” but we all know that’s silly.