Harvard 68, New Mexico 62

Thursday, March 21, 2013 9:50 PM
Location - EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
Officials - Sean Casady, Jeb Hartness, Tony Padilla
Attendance - 14345

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Harvard 31 37 68
New Mexico 27 35 62

Recap


Harvard 68, New Mexico 62: Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and the 14th-seeded Crimson shocked the third-seeded Lobos in an NCAA Tournament second-round game in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Laurent Rivard made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, Christian Webster finished with 11 points and Kenyatta Smith had 10 points and seven rebounds in leading Harvard (20-9) to its first NCAA Tournament win in program history. The Crimson advanced to play sixth-seeded Arizona on Saturday.

Alex Kirk, a 7-foot sophomore center for New Mexico, used his size advantage to record 22 points and 12 rebounds and 6-9 junior forward Cameron Bairstow finished with 15 points and nine rebounds for New Mexico (29-6), which is still seeking its first Sweet Sixteen berth.

Rivard’s fifth 3-pointer gave Harvard a 55-53 lead with 6:16 remaining and the Crimson tacked on four more points to go ahead by six. The Lobos got back within four on two occasions, but Harvard shot 5-for-8 from the free throw line in the final 56 seconds to hold on.  

New Mexico got off to a rough start, missing 11 of its first 12 field-goal attempts. The Lobos came back to tie the score twice in the first half, but Harvard ultimately took a 31-27 lead into the break.  

GAME NOTEBOOK: Harvard is the 17th No. 14 seed to knock off the No. 3 seed, the last was Ohio’s win against Georgetown in 2010. New Mexico coach Steve Alford was a guard on the 1986 Indiana team that was upset by 14th-seeded Cleveland State in the opening round. … Rivard made his first 3-point attempt of the game to give him 75 on the season and break the program record set by Kevin Rogus in 2003-04. … Harvard improved to 15-1 this season when leading at halftime. 

Harvard Crimson

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Wesley Saunders 39:00 5-8 0-1 8-9 1 3 4 3 1 1 2 0 18
Siyani Chambers 40:00 2-5 0-3 1-2 0 2 2 7 0 0 5 0 5
Kenyatta Smith 19:00 4-7 0-0 2-2 0 7 7 0 5 0 2 2 10
Christian Webster 34:00 4-6 3-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 11
Laurent Rivard 40:00 5-9 5-9 2-3 0 5 5 0 2 2 1 0 17
Steve Moundou-Missi 20:00 2-5 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 0 5 0 3 1 5
Jonah Travis 8:00 0-2 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 2
TOTAL 200 22-42 8-18 16-20 3 22 25 11 20 3 13 3 68
  52.4% 44.4% 80.0% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 13

New Mexico Lobos

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Alex Kirk 35:00 9-18 0-2 4-5 6 6 12 0 4 0 2 1 22
Hugh Greenwood 32:00 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 2 1 0 0
Kendall Williams 30:00 1-6 0-3 6-6 1 0 1 0 4 1 2 0 8
Tony Snell 35:00 4-12 1-6 0-0 0 1 1 2 3 3 1 0 9
Chad Adams 15:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 2 2 1 0 0 0
Cameron Bairstow 29:00 4-10 0-0 7-11 4 5 9 1 2 2 4 0 15
Jamal Fenton 18:00 2-5 2-3 0-2 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 6
Cleveland Thomas 6:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
TOTAL 200 21-56 3-14 17-24 13 18 31 8 17 12 10 1 62
  37.5% 21.4% 70.8% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 10