10:10 PM ET, March 21, 2013
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
SALT LAKE CITY -- Give those Harvard kids an A-plus in another subject: Bracketbusting 101.The school known for producing U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel Prize winners earned its first NCAA tournament victory Thursday night -- a 68-62 upset of No. 3 seed New Mexico -- and it didn't feel like a fluke.Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard made five 3-pointers to help the 14th-seeded Crimson pull the biggest surprise of March Madness so far.
More Harvard-New Mexico Coverage
An unlikely trio led 14-seed Harvard to its first NCAA tourney win. But the day's most captivating drama was created by schools from out west, Myron Medcalf writes. Home Court
Not long ago, the Crimson seemed like a long shot to make the tournament, much less advance to the round of 32. Yet they endured and prevailed, Robbi Pickeral writes. Blog
Three-point shooting was key in Harvard's upset of New Mexico, and the Crimson will need to keep it up to take down Arizona, Jordan Brenner writes. Giant Killers Blog
Joel Francisco on who New Mexico might lose, who it will add and what that means for next season. Recruit And Return
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Mike and Mike in the Morning
ESPN CBB analyst Bruce Pearl discusses Harvard's upset of New Mexico, what coaching in the NCAA tournament is like, Marquette's comeback win against Davidson and more.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 21: Steve Moundou-Missi #14 of the Harvard Crimson goes up to shoot against Alex Kirk...(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Around Champ Week
MVP: Harvard guard Laurent Rivard led his team with 17 points -- including a 3-pointer from the corner with 6:16 left that gave the Crimson the lead for good. He made 5 of his 9 shots (all 3-pointers).
X factor: The 14th-seeded Crimson made 8 of their 18 3 point attempts -- and shot 44.4 percent overall.
That was intense. The game pitted Harvard's four-guard, 3-point-loving attack against No. 3 seed New Mexico's bigger, grittier lineup. And although Lobos 7-footer Alex Kirk finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds -- even giving his team a 53-52 lead with about seven minutes left -- it wasn't enough against Harvard's more accurate attack..
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-42 (.524)||21-56 (.375)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-18 (.444)||3-14 (.214)|
|FT Made-Attempted||16-20 (.800)||17-24 (.708)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
|» Mar 21, 2013||HARV 68, @UNM 62||Recap|