Douglas Davis shot Princeton back into the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years and kept Harvard waiting at least a little bit longer Saturday in New Haven, Conn.
Davis hit a leaning jump shot at the buzzer to give the Tigers a wild 63-62 win over the Crimson, and the Ivy League’s automatic bid.
“It felt good. It went in.” Davis said. “I fell on the ground and that was the worst decision I ever made, because everyone just jumped on me.”
Harvard, who split the regular season title with Princeton, was seeking its first NCAA bid since 1946. Now they have to sweat it out today to see if they will get an at-large bid.
Davis had 15 points to lead Princeton (25-6), who will represent the league for the 24th time in the tournament.
Princeton called a timeout with just under 3 seconds left to run their final play.
Davis took the pass, dribbled to his right, made a move to his left to lose Harvard’s Oliver McNally and launched the game-winner from about 14 feet, right in front of the Princeton student section.
“It was a great feeling,” Princeton guard Dan Mavraides said. “Doug has an amazing mid-range game and it was an amazing shot.”
Because the Ivy League is the only conference in Division I without a postseason tournament, the two teams had to play the tiebreaker to claim the automatic NCAA bid. It was the league’s first tiebreaker since 2002.
No. 1 Ohio State 68, Michigan 61: Jared Sullinger had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and the Buckeyes (31-2) boosted their bid for the NCAA tournament’s top overall seed by knocking off the rival Wolverines (20-13) in the Big Ten semifinals in Indianapolis.
The Buckeyes will play sixth-seeded Penn State today for the Big Ten tournament title.
No. 2 Kansas 85, No. 10 Texas 73: Tyshawn Taylor and Marcus Morris sparked the Jayhawks past the Longhorns in the Big 12 title game in Kansas City, Mo.
Top seeded Kansas (32-2) avenged a regular season loss to Texas (27-7) and almost certainly wrapped up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament with the win.
No. 5 Duke 77, Virginia Tech 63: Nolan Smith scored 27 points and the Blue Devils claimed a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game by beating the Hokies (21-11) in the semifinals in Greensboro, N.C.
Kyle Singler added 13 points and 11 rebounds for second-seeded Duke (29-4).
No. 6 North Carolina 92, Clemson 87 (OT): Harrison Barnes set a freshman tournament record with 40 points to help the Tarheels (26-6) rally past the Tigers (21-11) in the semifinals of the ACC, sending the Tar Heels back to the championship game for the first time in three years.
No. 7 San Diego State 72, No. 8 BYU 54: Billy White had 21 points, 12 rebounds and five steals to lead the Aztecs (32-2) past the Cougars (30-4) for the Mountain West Conference title in Las Vegas.
Despite 30 points from Jimmer Fredette, BYU fell to 3-2 without Brandon Davies, who was suspended for violating the school’s honor code.
No. 12 Florida 77, Vanderbilt 66: Kenny Boynton scored 24 points, Erving Walker added 17 and the Gators (26-6) recovered to beat the Commodores (23-10) in the Southeastern Conference semifinals in Atlanta.
No. 21 Connecticut 69, No. 14 Louisville 66: Kemba Walker scored 19 points to lead the Huskies (26-9) over the Cardinals (25-8) to win the Big East title in New York.
Walker took home the MVP award after leading the Huskies to five wins in as many days – the last four over teams ranked in the Top 25.
No. 15 Kentucky 72, Alabama 58: Brandon Knight scored 10 straight points to blow it open for the Wildcats (24-8) in a SEC semifinal victory over the Crimson Tide (21-11).
No. 23 Utah State 77, Boise State 69: Brockeith Pane and Tai Wesley each scored 19 points to lead the Aggies (30-3) over the Broncos (20-12) in the Western Athletic Conference title game in Las Vegas.
Richmond 58, No. 24 Temple 54: The Spiders (26-7) beat the three-time defending champion Owls (25-7) in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament in Atlantic City, N.J.
NCAA bids EARNED
Alabama State, Southwestern
Arkansas-Little Rock, Sun Belt
Belmont, Atlantic Sun
Boston University, American East
Connecticut, Big East
Gonzaga, West Coast
Indiana State, Missouri Valley
Kansas, Big 12
Long Island University, Northeast
Memphis, Conference USA
Morehead State, Ohio Valley
Northern Colorado, Big Sky
Oakland, Mich., Summit
Old Dominion, Colonial Athletic
Princeton, Ivy League
Saint Peter’s, Metro Atl. Athletic
San Diego State, Mountain West
Santa Barbara, Big West
Texas-San Antonio, Southland
UNC Asheville, Big South
Utah State, Western Athletic