Harvard wins vs New Mexico, first ever NCAA tournament win, 68-62

By on Mar 22, 2013 in Basketball, Colleges, Sports, United States Comments

Harvard wins over New Mexico on Thursday, March 21, 2013, making a surprise win in the second round of the 2013 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) men’s basketball tournament, 68-62. This is the first time that Harvard University won the NCAA tournament.

2013 NCAA Harvard wins New Mexico

Fans celebrate after Harvard wins vs New Mexico
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As noted in a report at TheCrimson.com, 14th-seeded Harvard Crimson beat three-seeded New Mexico Lobos on Thursday night for the so-called March Madness. Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard made five three-pointers, with Harvard taking an 8-point lead until the game was over.

“It’s unbelievable. We were talking in the back. We’re still in disbelief, can’t believe it happened. This is the No. 1 moment in my career. The thought came to mind that this could be the last game. We showed a lot of toughness, just persevering.” Christian Webster said, who scored 11 points.

“It means the world to us. To do it in this fashion, on this stage against an outstanding team, I can’t say enough about how good this team is.” Harvard coach Tommy Amaker was quoted in a news conference, with Crimson‘s last appearance in the NCAA last year ended up losing from Vanderbilt Commodores.

“I thought the composure that our kids displayed was terrific. We didn’t wilt or cave in…. I’m very, very proud of that. We mentioned to our kids coming into the tournament, we talked about how meaningful this season has been, how they adjusted and adapted and believed. This adds to that.” Amaker added.

“We just said we had to stick together and believe. They’re a great team, and we knew we couldn’t let down for a second.” Wesley Saunders said. For the 2013 NCAA third round, Harvard Crimson (20-9) will be playing against sixth-seeded Wildcats Arizona, which beat Belmont Bruins, 81-64, earlier in the West Region.

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