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Harvard beats Cornell 65-56, clinches Ivy title

Saturday - 3/9/2013, 10:30pm  ET

JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Christian Webster and Laurent Rivard huddled over a student reporter's laptop in the lounge overlooking Harvard's home court, watching the scoring updates from the Princeton game.

They must have been doing the same thing in the Crimson locker room, based on the cheer for the final score that echoed through the hallway.

"I just feel like the basketball gods have been on our side," Webster said on Saturday night, when Harvard beat Cornell 65-56 to clinch a share of the Ivy title and then claimed it outright when Brown beat Princeton about a half-hour later.

"Leaving here, knowing that we're going to the tournament and winning the Ivy League championship outright," Webster said, "there's no better feeling for me."

Rivard scored 17 points and Siyani Chambers added 16 to help Harvard (19-9, 11-3 Ivy) earn its third consecutive Ivy title and second trip to the NCAA tournament in a row. The Ivy League is the only conference that awards its automatic bid to the regular-season champion.

A few dozen fans and parents hung around Harvard's Lavietes Pavilion after the final buzzer to follow the scoring from Providence. As Brown made just enough free throws down the stretch to extend its lead to 13 points, a cheer arose from the stands and another from the hallway outside the men's locker room.

Rivard and Webster broke into big smiles and hugged after seeing the 80-67 final that handed the Tigers (16-11, 9-4) their second straight loss and left them 1
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