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Pennsylvania Beats Harvard to Put Ivy League Basketball Title Up for Grabs

February 26, 2012

Zack Rosen hit two foul shots in the final 23.2 seconds to give the University of Pennsylvania a 55-54 win over Harvard University and throw the Ivy League Conference title up for grabs.

A win by Harvard last night would have guaranteed the Crimson at least a share of the men’s college basketball conference title.

Rosen, who had 20 points, scored the final nine for the Quakers, who overcame a 30-24 halftime deficit at Lavietes Pavilion in Boston.

“It’s been a season of heart so far, and it’s going to be a season of heart for three more games,” Rosen told reporters. “We want this thing.”

Pennsylvania (17-11, 9-2 Ivy), which last won the Ivy League title in 2007, ended Harvard’s 28-game home winning streak.

Kyle Casey, who scored 12 points for Harvard, got his basket pulled back with four seconds left in the game by a charging call.

Harvard (24-4, 10-2 Ivy) is seeking its first National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament spot since 1946.

“It’s a devastating loss,” Harvard coach Tommy Amaker told reporters. “It’s a disappointing loss.”

Harvard finishes the season with games against Columbia on March 2 and Cornell on March 3. Pennsylvania faces Brown on March 2, Yale on March 3 and Princeton on March 6 before the regular season ends.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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