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Saunders scores 16, sinks a pair of clutch foul shots as Harvard fends off Yale 52-50

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NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — Wesley Saunders sank a pair of free throws with six seconds left as Harvard stiff-armed a Yale comeback 52-50 Saturday night, claiming a tie for first place in the Ivy League.

Saunders led Harvard with 16 points. Siyani Chambers scored eight with six assists and Steve Moundou-Missi also scored eight.

The Crimson (15-5, 5-1) held Yale to just 11 points and three field goals in the first half — the fewest allowed under coach Tommy Amaker.

But Harvard scored only 16 by halftime and Yale (16-7, 5-1) closed quickly when Javier Duren nailed a 3-pointer to open the second half. A Jack Montague trey pulled Yale to 50-48 with seven seconds left. Harvard called time and Saunders went to the line for the foul shots that iced it.

Harvard collared 32 defensive boards and outrebounded Yale 42-32.

Duren surpassed 1,000 career points with a 3-pointer with 1:07 left. Montague scored 11.

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