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Six-Game Winning Streak Ends In Heartbreaking Fashion

Jordan Bruner (dspics.com)
Jordan Bruner (dspics.com)

Aiken's Buzzer Beater Lifts Harvard To 88-86 Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The capacity crowd at the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday was treated to one of the great games of the season. It didn't end the way many of them hoped. Bryce Aiken sank a pull-up jumper as time expired to lift Harvard to an 88-86 victory over Yale.

Alex Copeland had tied the game at 86 with a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining.

Aiken then took the in-bounds pass, raced up court and hit a fadeaway jumper with a hand in his face.

"That was a very, very good college basketball game," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "The atmosphere was terrific, the play was extraordinary, especially to start. Both teams were focused and scoring the ball at a pretty high level."

There were 10 ties and 17 lead changes in the game.

The Bulldogs, who raced out to an early 24-10 advantage, had the lead for 32 minutes.

Copeland and Miye Oni each scored 21 points to pace Yale. Oni scored 17 of his points in the first half but was limited to eight minutes in the second half because of foul trouble. Blake Reynolds scored 15 points, Trey Phills had 12 and Jordan Bruner contributed six points and 13 rebounds.

Aiken paced the Crimson with 28 points. He was 6-of-11 from the field and 13-of-15 from the free throw line.

Harvard finished 22-of-27 from the foul line, while Yale went 8-of-10.

The loss ended Yale's six-game winning streak.

It was also the Bulldogs' first home loss of the season. They had won 14-straight at Lee dating back to last year.

The Bulldogs (18-5, 8-2 Ivy) are still in first-place in the Ivy League, one game ahead of both Harvard and Princeton.

Yale is back at home next weekend, hosting Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity