Harvard Defeats William and Mary In Three Overtime Thriller

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent INovember 15, 2009

It was a long game on November 15, but, even though it took three extra periods, Harvard gutted out a two point win.

After William and Mary jumped out to an early lead, Harvard fought back and took control of the game, taking an eight point lead into halftime. Harvard kept a lead as large as nine points midway through the second half, and a six point lead into the final three minutes.

Quinn McDowell's layup with two minutes left cut the Crimson lead to three points. The score remained the same until Danny Sumner hit a three point shot with 29 seconds left to tie the game at 61. Jeremy Lin missed a three pointer at the buzzer, and the game proceeded into its first overtime.

Harvard led 68-65 with 31 seconds left, but Brandyn Curry committed a foul from beyond the arc, sending David Schneider to the stripe for three foul shots. Schneider sunk all three. Lin missed a two point jump-shot at the buzzer, sending the game into a second overtime.

Harvard jumped out to a five point lead within the first 45 seconds of the second overtime, but the deflated Tribe came back to life as Sean McCurdy sunk a three pointer to cut the lead back to two.

A layup by Marcus Kitts tied the game in the second overtime, and sent it to a third.

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In the final minute of the third overtime, three pointers from McDowell and Schneider put William and Mary ahead 83-79.

With 32 seconds left, the crowd felt a wave of Deja Vu—except in reverse. Jeremy Lin was fouled on a three point shot, and just like Schneider in the first overtime, he hit all three foul shots. However, the Tribe still lead by one.

Seven seconds later, Oliver McNally made two free throws to give Harvard a one point lead. 

With four seconds left, Sean McCurdy drove to the hoop for a layup to give William and Mary give the lead back to William and Mary. Harvard got the ball up court, and Jeremy Lin redeemed his misses at the end of regulation and the first overtime with a game winning three pointer, and Harvard walked away victorious with a 87-85 win.

William and Mary's next game is at home against Richmond (1-0) on November 19.

Harvard will play next on November 20 against Bryant University (0-3).