Princeton tops No. 25 Harvard 70-62


PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Ian Hummer had 20 points and Princeton beat No. 25 Harvard 70-62 on Saturday night, handing the Crimson their first Ivy League loss of the season.

T.J. Bray added 12 points for the Tigers (13-10, 4-3), who defeated the Crimson at home for the 23rd straight time. Princeton has not lost to Harvard at Jadwin Gym since 1989.

Keith Wright had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Harvard (21-3, 7-1), which had won nine straight and was attempting to go 8-0 in the Ivy League for the first time. Brandyn Curry had 15 points and Kyle Casey added 12 points and eight rebounds.

Bray's jumper gave Princeton a 48-46 lead with 5:13 remaining and Harvard trailed the rest of the way. The Tigers went 14 of 17 from the free throw line in the final five minutes.

Brendan Connolly scored 12 while Mack Darrow and Denton Koon had 10 apiece for the Tigers. Hummer, who was coming off an 0-for-11 shooting night against Dartmouth, added nine rebounds and six assists as Princeton won consecutive Ivy games for the first time this year.

In the first meeting between the teams since the Tigers won a one-point playoff game to get into the NCAA tournament last March, Harvard led for much of the second half.

After Bray's jumper gave Princeton the lead, Casey hit one of two free throws to cut it the margin to one. Princeton then went on an 11-2 run to open a 59-49 advantage with 2:05 remaining.

The Tigers went 7 for 8 from the line in the final 52.5 seconds to secure the win.

Students in the near-capacity crowd stormed the court following Princeton's first win against a ranked team since Nov. 23, 1997, when it beat Wake Forest at the Meadowlands. It's the Tigers' first win over a ranked team at home since Jan. 3, 1977, against Notre Dame.

Princeton shot 62.5 percent (15 for 24) in the second half and 50 percent (25 for 50) for the game.

Using its backdoor offense frequently, Princeton took a 12-8 lead while holding Harvard to 4-for-15 shooting. The Crimson went on a 14-4 run to build its biggest lead of the half at 22-16. Harvard made 6 of 9 during the run and entered halftime with a 27-22 advantage.

Harvard is making its third appearance in the Top 25 rankings this season and likely will drop out for the third time. Losses to nonconference foes Connecticut and Fordham pushed the Crimson out the previous two times.